France's Hollande wins left-wing backing on fiscal pact

PARIS, Oct 9 (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollandeachieved majority backing from his own Socialist bloc inparliament on Tuesday for Europe's fiscal discipline treaty andwas spared having to rely on opposition votes.

A total of 282 left-wing votes in favour exceeded the 274required for a majority, saving Hollande the embarrassment ofhaving to depend on conservative lawmakers to ratify a fiscalpact seen key to pulling the euro zone out of crisis.

A small but noisy revolt within Hollande's Socialist blocagainst the treaty saw 20 Socialist Party lawmakers vote againstand nine abstain. Of the 17 Greens Party lawmakers in aparliamentary alliance with the Socialists and other left-wingparties, 12 voted against and two abstained.

(Reporting By Emile Picy; Writing by Catherine Bremer; Editingby Paul Taylor)

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