News 13 june — 12:55

French prime minister wins confidence vote

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The French government, led by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, won a confidence vote in parliament Wednesday, Yenisafak reports.

Following the poor showing last month by President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic on the Move party in European parliamentary elections, Philippe sought a vote of confidence in parliament.

A total of 363 MPs backed his government while 163 voted against it.

Prior to the vote, Philippe spoke about the main priorities for the next two years and said “there is still an economic, social, ecological and political emergency” in the country that required the relaunching of the reform drive.

Referring to the unemployment rate, he promised a “profound change of method” to guarantee social justice that “means making sure it pays to work”.

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