According to official partial results that tallied with exit polls, the UMP
and its allies together secured around 30 percent of the national vote, ahead of the anti-immigrant, anti-euro FN on around 26, about 0.
The French opposition party UMP
(which stands for "Union pour un mouvement populaire" or "The Union for a Popular Movement" in English) will soon be rechristened as part of Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to shake up his party ahead of the 2017 elections.
Furthermore, Sarkozy was charged last year in a probe into allegations that the UMP
took envelopes stuffed with cash from Liliane Bettencourt, L'Oreal heiress and France's richest woman.
was poised to win several key cities, including Strasbourg and Toulouse.
He also welcomed the promotion of mutual cooperation with UMP
, especially in research and academic field.
Who : Jean-Francois Cope , president of France's UMP
Party and main opposition leader to Francois Hollande and the French Socialist Party.
Clere was forced to leave the UMP
in May, after he breached the party's directions, striking an alliance with an FN affiliate ahead of council elections in 3,000-inhabitant Gamaches, which is near Dieppe.
Irianto Simbolon, the director general of industrial relations development and worker social security, blamed the recent big strike for the delay in the implementation of UMP
until 2014 from Nov.
Le parquet de Bordeaux a requis vendredi un non-lieu en faveur de Nicolas Sarkozy, de l'ex-ministre UMP
Eric Woerth et de six autres personnes mises en examen dans le volet "abus de faiblesse" de l'affaire Bettencourt pour absence de charges.
President Francois Hollande's Socialists and their left-wing supporters backed it, opposed by many opposition UMP
and centrist MPs.
fiasco has worried officials beyond France's borders as well.
A combination made on November 26, 2012 shows three file pictures, one taken on July 2, 2012 showing outgoing UMP
general secretary Jean-Francois Cope (L), the other one of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy taken March 9, 2012 in Nice, and the last one of former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon taken on 22 September, 2011 in Paris.