French president Francois Hollande is so determined to push ahead with his suggested labor reforms, he resorted this week to a rarely used law which allows for reform by decree.
By evoking Article 49 of the French constitution, despite nationwide protests from the public for months, Hollande and his cabinet pressed ahead with changes to the workforce that include scrapping France's 35-hour week, as well as making it easier for employers to hire and fire employees.
The move sparked criticism from various politicians including from inside his own Socialist party and resulted in the government facing a no confidence vote in the National Assembly on Thursday, introduced by parties of the right and aimed at toppling the government, reported the New York Times.
Although it is unlikely for the motion to succeed, Hollande's government would fall and the bill would be rejected if it does. If the motion fails, the bill will go to the Senate, according to the New York Times.