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Parliamentarians in France have backed plans by President Nicolas Sarkozy to rewrite the country's constitution - by the slimmest of margins.
The reform bill was backed by 539 votes to 357 - exactly the 60% majority of the combined Assembly and Senate required to pass the reforms.
Mr Sarkozy says the reforms will strengthen France's parliament, which is often seen as weak.
But Mr Sarkozy's critics say they will turn the country into a "monocracy".
Socialist senator and former justice minister Robert Badinter said the reforms would be the equivalent of crowning Mr Sarkozy king.
"It's 'monocracy' - the power of a single man," he said last week.