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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 May 2005, 15:43 GMT 16:43 UK
Drug student's high-stakes exam
The convicted student has been given a chance to pass his exams
A French student will be particularly keen to perform well in his exams next months - as failure will put him in prison.

This serious consequence follows a deal struck by his defence lawyer - after the 20-year-old student was convicted of dealing in cannabis.

The student, from Roubaix in north-eastern France, will stay out of prison if he passes his exams.

Otherwise he faces the court's penalty of five months imprisonment.

High-stakes test

The setting of this high-stakes academic test followed a plea from the defence lawyer - accepted by the court - that rather than carrying out the prison sentence, the student should be given the chance to pass his exams and continue with his education.

He had been arrested at the weekend with 400 grams of cannabis resin and the jail sentence was imposed for possessing, selling and transporting the drug.


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