Battle to lead French opposition collapses into confusion

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Confusion over who leads the French Opposition

The battle to succeed former president Nicolas Sarkozy at the helm of France’s main opposition party, the UMP, was left undecided early on Monday after both candidates claimed victory amid allegations of ballot rigging. Jean-Francois Cope (right in picture), the party’s populist secretary-general, claimed a clear win while former prime minister Francois Fillon (left) said he believed he had edged the contest subject to confirmation by the electoral commission which oversaw the poll. But the electoral commission suspended the count till 10:00 am Monday, with the chairman saying records from 50 percent of the regions were missing. Both camps claimed there had been irregularities in voting in several departments.AFP



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