The Sexes: Vive I'Amour

In the French town of Belfort (pop. 65,000), Philosophy Teacher Nicole Mercier, 28, was asked by her high school students to discuss a widely circulated pamphlet entitled Apprenons à Faire l'Amour (Let's Learn to Make Love), which recommends that teenagers engage in sexual intercourse of all varieties. When she agreed, one pupil told her father, an army colonel, who cried out: "This is not sex education! This is an invitation to debauchery!"

Within 24 hours, authorities arraigned Mme. Mercier for an "outrage" against public morals, a crime for which she faced up to two years in prison and $3,600 in fines. Mme....

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