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Runaway teacher now faces sex charges

A British court has asked the French judiciary to add sexual charges to the warrant under which runaway British teacher Jeremy Forrest was extradited last month, judicial sources said.

The teacher, who triggered a week-long Europe-wide search when he ran away with a 15-year-old student, faces charges of child abduction in England.

He was arrested in the southwestern French city of Bordeaux on September 28 and extradited last month after a European arrest warrant was issued.

After hearing the young girl, who can not be named for legal reasons, a court in Maidstone, Kent, has asked that the warrant be changed to include sexual charges.

The 30-year-old maths teacher could now face 14 years in prison instead of seven.

Court sources in Bordeaux told AFP that the British request would be examined by the end of the month.

Existing European agreements stipulate that a suspect can only be tried on the charges listed in the arrest warrant.

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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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