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The former French Prime Minister François Fillon, left, stood against the UMP’s secretary general Jean-François Copé for leadership of the party

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The vote to succeed Nicolas Sarkozy as the leader of the French right ended in acrimonious confusion last night with each candidate crying victory and accusing his opponent of fraud.

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If Copé wins, it is possible the UMP will split and moderate figures will drift to a new centre party

France set to go back into recession

France – second biggest economy in the struggling eurozone – is set to tip back into recession by the end of the year, its central bank warned yesterday.

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Jean-Marc Ayrault plunges government into crisis by challenging Socialist article of faith

French President François Hollande announces 150,000 jobs for unskilled young people as polls reveal a steep slide in his popularity

The French government announced a €2.3bn programme to create jobs for 150,000 young people without skills today as President François Hollande attempts to end a steep slide in his popularity.

France's 'First Lady' Valérie Trierweiler sends letter to her employer Paris Match threatening legal action if they print photos of her in a bikini

It was the snap that France’s celebrity glossies had been waiting for - the presidential couple in their smalls on their summer break.

François Hollande: still frosty when he met Cameron at the G20 summit

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Ministers are poised to challenge a tax grab on British owners of holiday homes in France, it emerged today.

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