Newly-elected president of the right-wing UMP opposition party, Jean-Francois Cope, gives a press conference on November 21, 2012 at the UMP's headquarters in Paris. Former French prime minister Francois Fillon, who lost by just 98 votes to Nicolas Sarkozy's close ally Jean-Francois Cope in Sunday's vote, said the count did not include ballots cast in some of France's overseas territories which would have handed him victory. Cope, a fiery and famously ambitious right-winger known for flirting with the far-right, rejected any talk of overturning the results and called for the party to unite under his banner. AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD
President of committee 'Reve d'enfants 2014' Karin Rudnicki-Schlumberger and Jean-Francois Cope with his wife Nadia attend the Matinee 'Reve d'enfants' with Opera 'Casse Noisette'. Organized by AROP at Opera Bastille on December 7, 2014 in Paris, France.
President of the UMP Jean-Francois Cope, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Nadine Morano depart from UMP headquarters after an extraordinary meeting of UMP right-wing opposition party July 8, 2013 in Paris, France. Sarkozy made his first political appearance since failing to secure a second term in office in May 2012 as he attended a party meeting for the troubled UMP party.