French govt survives no-confidence vote

PARIS: France’s Socialist government survived on Thursday a parliament no-confidence vote called by opposition conservatives after it this week resorted to a decree to bypass opposition to a flagship labour reform bill.

Some 246 lawmakers voted in favour of the motion, according to the official vote tally, short of the 288 votes needed to secure an absolute majority.

A no-confidence vote has only succeeded once in France’s 57-year-old Fifth Republic: in 1962, when it was used to oust the government of Georges Pompidou.