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BBC News - France UMP crisis: Ex-PM Juppe 'fails to resolve crisis'

France's ex-PM Alain Juppe has said he had failed to resolve a leadership dispute within the conservative opposition UMP party.

He said "conditions for a mediation were not met" during talks between the party's two rival leaders.

Earlier, representatives of ex-PM Francois Fillon and party secretary general Jean-Francois Cope walked out of a meeting over ballot disputes.

Both scored almost exactly 50% of the vote in a recent leadership contest.

Mr Cope was declared the winner, but Mr Fillon demanded a recount. Each side is accusing the other of electoral fraud.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Nov 25th, 2012 at 03:00:14 PM EST
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