French Govt Uses Power to Pass Economic Reform Without Vote

February 17, 2015 3:48 PM

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The French government on Tuesday decided to push through without a vote a pro-business economic reform bill, which includes throwing open shop doors on Sundays. The decision came shortly before a scheduled vote on the measure that is a centerpiece of President Francois Hollande's economic strategy.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls invoked a special power allowing bills to be passed in the lower house without a vote using Constitutional Article 49-3. The decision to do so was made after a brief emergency Cabinet meeting, part of a dramatic power struggle within the governing Socialist Party, where a...

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