You have to understand that the UK and France both being members of the EU are supposed to have shared employment entitlement without visas and yet the French impose these often irrelevant and obstructive criteria to prevent instructors working there, criteria which incidentally are not applied in the same way to French Nationals who train through the ESF. This is more about protectionism and less about standards in my opinion.
I think the person in question was unwise to practice but if I understand EU law a little bit, should never have faced such draconian sanctions.
I am at a loss to understand how the speed test is relevant to the vast majority of ski teachers, who after all will be teaching relative novice skiers. I believe it far more important to be, yes a very good skier with very clear demonstrations, but just as importantly an outstanding communicator who understands the the strengths, weaknesses, fears, objectives etc. of his clients.I find it ironic that having just spent the season in the 3 Valleys, one of the most prestigious areas in France, I witnessed so much complacent and downright poor teaching from ESF instructors. The standards imposed on their own instructors certainly don't ensure good practice.
I am not one of those bigoted Brits who are anti French. I love France and have many French friends. My wife and daughter are both French graduates who have worked in the country. It is the bureaucratic nonsense that government departments pedal that I object to, this being a perfect example.