McClarkin: Ski case highlights French protectionism

17-Jun-2014 @ 01:00

Emma McClarkin Emma McClarkin

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

British ski instructor Simon Butler has been found guilty today of teaching without proper qualifications by a French court. He was sentenced to 200 days in prison or a €30,000 fine.

Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin, who has raised Mr Butler's case with the EU Commission, believes he is a victim of French protectionism. She initiated EU legislation which allows appropriate professional qualifications to be recognized across Europe.

The East Midlands MEP today said: "This case just goes to prove that protectionism still takes priority in France. I'm sad to say Mr Butler's case is not the only incident of British instructors having problems in France. The French behaviour defies the free movement of workers and is totally against the recognition of professional qualifications."
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