French government to bypass labour bill vote, prompting walk-out

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announces the government will invoke a constitutional article allowing it to push through a controversial labour bill without a vote, prompting conservative lawmakers to walk out of the lower house's chamber.

It is the second time the government will invoke constitutional article 49-3 for its labour reform project.

The article allows for the adoption of legislation without a parliamentary vote, unless the lower house passes a no-confidence motion against the government.

Dozens of lawmakers stand up and walk out of the chamber as Valls speaks.

Last update: Tue, 05/07/2016 - 15:31

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