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# ump - Sunday 30 November, 2014

Nicolas Sarkozy is back in the driving seat of his old political party

It places him firmly on the starting blocks in his race back to the presidential palace

# ump - Tuesday 23 April, 2013

France to approve gay marriage but debate to rumble on

The bill to legalise same-sex marriage is expected to be comfortably carried, which will make France the 14th country in the world to legalise marriage equality.

# ump - Tuesday 20 November, 2012

Sarkozy ally Jean-Francois Cope wins leadership of French opposition

Amid claims of ‘ballot stuffing’ and ‘major fraud’ Jean-Francois Cope has won a divisive and close leadership election.

# ump - Monday 19 November, 2012

Both candidates to succeed Sarkozy claim win in French party election

Both Jean-Francois Cope and Francois Fillon say membesr of the centre-right UMP have elected them as its new leader.

# ump - Monday 28 November, 2011

Sarkozy's party denies new claims that Strauss-Kahn was set-up DSK

Sarkozy's party denies new claims that Strauss-Kahn was set-up

The denial comes following the emergence of new details in the case which forced the one-time French presidential favourite to resign earlier this year.

# ump - Thursday 23 June, 2011

Former French minister Tron charged with rape

Georges Tron resigned over the allegations last month.

# ump - Tuesday 5 April, 2011

Debate on Islam in France ignites controversy

A debate on the role of Islam in secular France just one week ahead of the outlawing of facial veils in public has led to cries of prejudice within the country.

# ump - Monday 21 March, 2011

Sarkozy’s party outperformed in local elections

Preliminary results suggest opposition Socialists took majority of votes amid low turnout.