French government narrowly escapes no confidence move from rebels

Reuters News
Posted: May 11, 2016 12:03 PM

PARIS (Reuters) - Rebel French socialist lawmakers failed on Wednesday to gather enough votes from among the party and left-wing allies to table a no-confidence motion against the government over its plans to push through disputed labor reform by bypassing parliament.

The party rebels required support from 58 lawmakers for the no-confidence vote to go ahead in the lower house of the National Assembly, but they secured support from only 56.

The government of Prime Minister Manuel Valls nonetheless faces a no-confidence vote on Thursday proposed by conservative lawmakers, though this is likely to fail.

(Reporting By Emile Picy, writing by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Richard Balmforth)