• French govt survives no-confidence vote

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    PARIS: France’s embattled Socialist government survived a vote of no-confidence on Thursday (Friday in Manila) over its decision to force a controversial labor reform bill through Parliament. The motion brought by the center-right opposition Les Republicains party won 246 votes in the National Assembly, falling short of the 288 required to bring down the government. The draft law will now be debated in the Senate. As thousands once again protested against the proposals across France, the government succeeded in ramming through a reform that is aimed at loosening up France’s notoriously rigid labor market. Many unions and students say the reform is stacked in favor of employers and will do little to address France’s jobless rate, which is stuck at 10 percent, and nearly 25 percent for young people.

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