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French lawyer and pro-Cope supporter, Francis Szpiner answers the... News PhotoAnswering,Competition,Conflict,Control,Democracy,Election,France,French Culture,Headquarters,Horizontal,Lawyer,Meeting,Opposition Party,Organised Group,Paris - France,Political Party,Politics,Right-Wing,Supporter,The Media,Town,Union for a Popular MovementPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPFrench lawyer and pro-Cope supporter, Francis Szpiner (C) answers the media in front of electoral files of the French southern town of Nice at the right-wing opposition UMP party's headquarters in Paris on November 25, 2012, after a meeting of the UMP's elections control committee (COCOE). Szpiner declared a 'desertion' the fact that French former Prime minister Francois Fillon's campaign director, Eric Ciotti slammed the door from the UMP's appeal elections control board, after considering it illegitimate and biased. Party heavyweight Juppe, a former premier and foreign minister, will hold a mediation meeting later in the day with the right-winger, who was declared the winner of November 22 knife-edge vote to pick a party leader, Jean-Francois Cope, and his centrist rival Francois Fillon. The talks are to establish who actually won the leadership and whether mutual allegations of ballot rigging have any foundation. AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)