French GOVT faces no-confidence vote over labor reform

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PARIS: France’s already unpopular Socialist government faces a no-confidence vote Thursday after it bypassed parliament and forced through a labor reform bill that has led to two months of demonstrations. The government said Tuesday it would resort to the controversial move in the face of fierce opposition from within President Francois Hollande’s own party that was set to lead to the bill being defeated in parliament. Opponents need 288 votes to bring down the government, which is considered an unlikely prospect because left-wing rebels and extreme-right lawmakers have said they will refuse to join forces with parties on the right. Its critics say the bill is heavily weighted in favor of employers, but a defiant Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the reform must go ahead “because the country must move forward and because salary negotiations and workers’ rights must progress.”

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