French gov't survives confidence vote triggered by rebels

February 19, 2015 6:14 PM

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PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister won a confidence vote Thursday called after rebels in his Socialist Party teamed up with conservatives to demand he scrap pro-business measures he rammed through parliament without a vote.

A total of 234 lawmakers voted for the censure motion that triggered a political crisis and forced Prime Minister Manuel Valls to defend his policies. The count was far below the 289 needed for the motion to pass and bring down the government.

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