French government survives no-confidence vote

Paris, May 12 (IANS) The National Assembly, France’s lower house of parliament, on Thursday rejected a censure motion against the government after the Socialist regime used a decree to push through controversial labour reform.

The ruling Socialists survived their second no-confidence vote in parliament with 246 lawmakers backing the motion, falling short of the 289 votes needed for victory, Xinhua reported.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Manuel Valls had resorted to a 49-3 decree, to push through the law without parliament vote, because according to him: “It’s an essential reform for enterprises and important for workers.”

–IANS

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