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France forces through key reforms bill

PM's move to push the bill through Parliament without a vote triggers no-confidence motion

Published Wed, Feb 18, 2015 · 09:50 PM

Paris

FRANCE'S government on Tuesday forced a key package of economic reforms through Parliament in a rare move that sparked a confidence motion which could in theory bring it down.

Struggling to win a majority for a set of reforms seen as vital to pep up the sluggish French economy, socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls resorted to a little-used constitutional device to push the bill through Parliament without a vote.

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