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European arrest warrant for teacher who fled to France

A European Arrest Warrant has been issued for a married British teacher who ran away to France with a 15-year-old girl in his maths class, British police said on Thursday.

European arrest warrant for teacher who fled to France
Photo: Sussex Police

Jeremy Forrest, 30, will be arrested over the abduction of Megan Stammers if he is caught on the continent, Sussex Police confirmed.

"That is correct," a spokeswoman for the force in southeast England told AFP, adding that more details would be revealed in a press conference later on Thursday.

Forrest and Stammers left Britain on a ferry from Dover to Calais a week ago and have not been seen since.

Stammers is thought to have gone with Forrest voluntarily and police do not believe she is "at risk", but they are seeking to reunite her with her family.

Her parents have made an emotional plea for her to return, while police have appealed to her maths teacher to "do the right thing" and bring her home.

Forrest, who plays in a rock band under the stage name Jeremy Ayre and is married to a 31-year-old woman, had hinted at a "moral dilemma" on his blog
four months ago.

France has open borders with Spain, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg under the Schengen Agreement, raising speculation that the pair may have moved on across the continent.

The age of sexual consent is 16 in Britain, but a relationship between Forrest and Stammers would not be against the law in France, where the age is 15.

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Blind teacher in France told to supervise exams

A blind teacher in southern France was baffled to be called in to supervise students during a an exam. Despite her appeals that she wasn't est suited, her school forced her to do it.

Blind teacher in France told to supervise exams
The woman was told to supervise an exam, even though she can't see. Photo: AFP
Caroline Bouffard, a music teacher at the Jean Moulin high school in Alès, southern France, has extremely poor vision. 
 
So poor, in fact, that the 20-year teaching veteran always has an assistant with her during her classes. 
 
And even though Bouffard says it would be impossible for her to act as an exam supervisor due to this lack of vision, that's exactly what she was asked to do for the national diploma exams in her middle school, known as the “Brevet”.
 
“I tried to argue and say that I wouldn't be able to do it, but it just fell on deaf ears,” she told the Midi Libre newspaper.
 
She added that the vice principal said the move was made to ensure the school couldn't be taken to task for discrimination – a move that did little to impress Bouffard. 
 
“I'm not the kind of person who would sue. It's absurd,” she said. “I expect a little more compassion and humanity.”
 
A spokesperson for the school told the paper that Bouffard always carried out her teaching with another assistant teacher present, and that exam supervision responsibility was to be no different. 
 
Bouffard spent three shifts “supervising” the students, during which time her assistant and another teacher carried out the actual supervising. 
 
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