UMP party members count ballots in Nice, southeastern France, 18 November 2012
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Fillon and Cope claim win in French UMP vote

19 November 2012 Last updated at 12:54 GMT

Both candidates have claimed victory in the race to become France's next opposition leader, in a contest marred by allegations of vote-rigging.

Hundreds of votes are said to separate right-wing candidate Jean-Francois Cope and ex-PM Francois Fillon.

Naga Munchetty reports.