Outrage sweeps French slopes as British ski instructor faces year in jail

Scores of angry Britons on skiing holiday in the Alps stage demonstration outside a French police station to protest against instructor's arrest.

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Scores of angry Britons on skiing holiday in the Alps yesterday staged a demonstration outside a French police station to protest against the arrest of their British instructor, repors The Daily Telegraph.

Alex Casey, 40, spent Tuesday night in custody after being accused of giving lessons without a licence in the chic Alpine resort of Megève.

The protest is the latest development in a "war of the pistes" which last month saw a British teenager claim she was assaulted by police cracking down on foreign instructors.

British ski monitors in France claim local authorities have opened hostilities on non-French nationals teaching on Gallic slopes, changing the rules to make it almost impossible for them to keep working.

The arrest came weeks after a French court banned ski hosting, where British holidaymakers would be taken around the resort to familiarise themselves, on the grounds it compromises safety.

One British ski tour operator yesterday said this fresh incident was the latest attempt to "drive us off the slopes".

Mr Casey, who is originally from Folkestone in Kent, had been an instructor in Megève for more than a decade, but is now officially banned from doing so because he lacks a qualification expected by the French.

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