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French Government Survives Confidence Vote

By the end of the vote, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls got the results he had hoped for: 269 in favor of his government compared to 244 votes against. But the embattled Socialist government of French President Francois Hollande has lost its absolute majority in parliament, with some of its dissident lawmakers abstaining from casting their ballots. But by squeaking through today's parliamentary confidence vote, the party has overcome a political and economic crisis — for...

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