French government tells rebels: back us or go

February 18, 2015 12:18 PM

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PARIS (Reuters) - France's ruling Socialists threatened to evict any rebel backbenchers from the party if they joined a no-confidence vote against the government scheduled for Thursday, underscoring growing tensions in coalition ranks.

Opposition lawmakers called for the no-confidence vote - which is unlikely to succeed - after Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday used a decree to ram a key economic reform bill through parliament in the face of opposition from his own camp.

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