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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:13 PM

Rightwing rivals both declare victory as battle to succeed Sarkozy turns nasty

Source: the guardian

The vote for a new leader of Nicolas Sarkozy's rightwing UMP party turned into a shambles on Sunday night after both candidates declared themselves the winner amid a vicious public slanging match over dodgy ballots, trickery and fraud.

In the worst party political mayhem in recent French memory – even more savage than the famous in-fighting in the Socialist party – the right was left in paralysis as the different teams of the two self-declared leaders tore into each other on live TV. French media described the electoral chaos as "surreal".

More than 50% of the 300,000 members of the UMP party turned out to vote for a new leader on Sunday following Sarkozy's defeat in the presidential election in May.

During a long and bitter election campaign, Jean-Francois Copé, 48, a tough-talking hardliner, had played to the far-right audiences, saying that French city suburbs brimmed with "anti-white" racism and that the right must take to the streets to oppose the Socialist president, François Hollande.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/19/cope-fillon-french-rightwing-vote

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:15 PM

1. Right-wing rabid dogs turning on each other.

I love it.

C'est belle.

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