April 9, 2013 / 3:59 PM / 4 years ago

France's lower house passes labour reform bill

PARIS, April 9 (Reuters) - France's lower house of parliament voted on Tuesday to approve a draft law overhauling the labour system amid union-led protests against the bill, opening the way for a final vote in the Senate later this month.

The National Assembly adopted the draft bill by 250 votes in favour versus 26 against, with Socialist MPs and their centre-left allies supporting the text.

The Green Party, which is allied to President Francois Hollande's Socialist government, abstained.

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