Historic French vote

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Historic French vote

Versailles - French MPs and senators gathered at Versailles yesterday to vote on constitutional amendments enacting a historic - and bitterly contested - change to the health and welfare system, writes Mary Dejevsky. The constitution was amended to empower parliament to set limits on welfare spending as part of a drive to reduce public deficits and qualify for a single European currency in 1999. The special congress voted by 681 to 188 for the amendment.

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