French government faces vote of no-confidence

Struggling to win a majority for a set of reforms seen as vital to pep up the sluggish French economy, Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls resorted to a little-used constitutional device to push the bill through parliament without a vote.

The bill is now considered approved unless MPs back a motion of no-confidence to bring down the government — which analysts consider highly unlikely.

The no-confidence vote is slated to take place on Thursday.

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