Philippe Lesburguères, former head of the Conservatoire of Toulon-Provence-Méditerranée, has been jailed in France for 18 months. He was found guilty of accepting expense-paid trips to China and Thailand in exchange for the admission of Chinese students to his school. Two Chinese nationals were also convicted. At the time of Lesburguères’ arrest, the provincial Conservatoire had 47 Chinese students.
Lesburguères was also an active conductor.