French government survives confidence vote triggered by rebels

February 19, 2015 6:29 PM

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French government survives confidence vote triggered by rebels

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, center, waves to reporters, as he walks in the lobby of the Elysee Palace with French President Francois Hollande, left, and Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, right, at the end of the weekly cabinet meeting in Paris, Wednesday Feb. 18, 2015. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, invoking special powers, pushed through a pro-business economic reform bill without a vote on Tuesday, a move that drew a quick censure motion and will force the government into a showdown vote for its life. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere) (The Associated Press)

PARIS – 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.

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