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France’s new prime minister wins confidence vote

Prime Minister Manuel Valls’s popularity has risen  as President  Francois Hollande’s has fallen.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls’s popularity has risen as President Francois Hollande’s has fallen.ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images

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PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers gave their country’s new prime minister a vote of confidence Tuesday that is seen as an endorsement of his plans for an economic turnaround built on tax cuts and slashing bureaucracy to the extent of redrawing the map of France.

Manuel Valls appeared before the Socialist-led National Assembly for the first time since he was given the job in a government reshuffle triggered by his party’s dismal showing in local elections, and won 306-239 votes. Eleven Socialist deputies abstained.

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