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French opposition leader resigns over Sarkozy funding scandal

media Jean-Francois Cope, France's centre-right UMP political party head, 25 May 2014. Reuters/Charles Platiau

The leader of France's main opposition party - the centre-right UMP - resigned on Tuesday over a corruption scandal.

Several UMP party heavyweights, including Nicolas Sarkozy's former prime minister François  Fillon demanded that UMP leader Jean-François Copé quit immediately.

Background reading: Previous French scandals

The scandal embroiling Copé claims that invoices for former president Nicolas Sarkozy's election campaign were inflated and billed as party expenses.

His resignation will be effective on June 15.

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