French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron attends during a session of the French National Assembly in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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France's government Tuesday forced a key package of economic reforms through parliament without a vote but risked a confidence motion that could in theory bring it down.Struggling to win a parliament majority for a set of reforms seen as vital to pep up the sluggish economy, Prime Minister Manuel Valls used a rare constitutional move to push the bill through parliament.A significant rump of leftist rebels in the ruling Socialists had vowed to vote against the bill or abstain, as they see the reforms as too pro-business, but they are unlikely to topple the government over them.The reforms, which include extending the number of Sundays shops can stay open and freeing up certain sectors of the economy, have proved extremely divisive across the political spectrum in France.A major plank of the reform package is to extend the number of Sundays that shops are allowed to open from a maximum of five per year to 12 .
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