François Fillon


A combination of pictures made on November 26, 2012 shows a file... News PhotoFormer,France,François Fillon,French Culture,Horizontal,Jean-François Copé,Making,Marseille,Panoramic,Paris - France,Political Party,Politics,Prime Minister,Secretary-General,ShowingPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPA combination of pictures made on November 26, 2012 shows a file picture taken on October 10, 2012 of former French Prime minister Francois Fillon (L) in Marseille, and a file picture taken on November 23, 2012 in Paris of UMP general secretary Jean-Francois Cope (R) in Paris. Called in to mediate the leadership dispute that has thrown the country's main right-wing opposition, the UMP, into turmoil, former French prime minister Alain Juppe threw in the towel late on November 25, 2012, after only 45 minutes of talks between Fillon and his rival, party secretary general Jean-Francois Cope. Former prime minister Francois Fillon, 58, and ambitious UMP secretary general Jean-Francois Cope, 48, have traded accusations of fraud and bad faith since the November 18 party vote ended with Cope ahead by a handful of votes. The crisis has thrown the UMP into turmoil and raised the spectre of an unprecedented split on the right. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT,THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)