French Prime Minister Manuel Valls delivers his speech at the National Assembly in Paris, September 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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France's Socialist government was braced Thursday for a parliamentary vote of confidence over its economic reforms that could in theory bring it down.Analysts believe the government is highly likely to survive the vote, despite a significant rebellion from Socialist MPs angry at the country's pro-business direction.The confidence motion was sparked when Prime Minister Manuel Valls Tuesday employed a rarely-used constitutional device to force through a key package of reforms without a parliamentary vote. If the government survives the vote, which is highly likely, the reforms are considered passed without a vote.
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