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Dr Françoise Boucek comment piece on the French UMP’s disputed leadership election.

France’s conservative opposition party is in a state of factional mutiny following Sunday’s leadership contest won by Jean-François Copé by 98 votes (87,388 votes against François Fillon’s 87,290) which Fillon, the former prime minister, claims he won by 26 votes due to 1,304 excluded overseas votes. This could have important implications for democratic politics in France in the short to medium term.

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