French Prime Minister Wins Confidence Vote

September 17, 2014 1:40 AM

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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls won a vote of confidence on Tuesday in a tense ballot, allowing him to push through economic reforms that have divided his Socialist Party.

The government's once comfortable margin was diluted in the 269-244 vote, with 53 abstentions. The result denies the government its absolute majority, but still allows Valls to carry out reforms aimed at lifting France out of its economic crisis.

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