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French PM Valls narrowly wins confidence vote

French PM Valls narrowly wins confidence vote
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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has survived a vote of confidence in his Socialist government in the French National Assembly.

The vote was called by Valls himself after many in his own party rebelled against plans to cut spending and offer tax breaks for business.

Speaking before the vote Valls said: “Along with the president we made the decision to ask parliament to confirm its trust in our plan to get the French economy back on track. Had we not, we would have been unable to carry out our work in an environment of trust.”

The Socialists are struggling in an economy that shows little sign of growth and mounting unemployment.

The opposition smell political blood as UMP leader Christian Jacob explained: “They failed. Valls lost the absolute majority compared to last time. They lost votes. This means the government has a reduced majority. When I said the days of Manuel Valls are numbered, I mean they are numbered.”

As well as the economic woes facing president Francois Hollande, his reputation has also been savaged in the recent tell-all book written by his former partner Valerie Trierweiler, which has set French tongues wagging.