British schoolgirl and her maths teacher, who triggered a Europe-wide hunt after running away together, have been found in Bordeaux in France, police said last night.

The teacher, Jeremy Forrest, 30, was arrested and placed in custody while Megan Stammers, 15, was under police protection.

“The couple were found on a public street in the centre of Bordeaux,” a police spokesman said, adding that Megan was “in good health”.

The pair had not been seen since being filmed boarding a cross-channel ferry together on September 20.

Their parents had appealed for them to get in touch, but had downplayed fears that the schoolgirl could be in any danger.

A European arrest warrant had been issued for Mr Forrest, a married part-time musician who had reportedly begun an affair with his pupil.

The warrant was issued on the basis of a suspected offence of child abduction, although there was never any suggestion that Megan had not left the country voluntarily.

Police in Sussex, the area of southeastern England where the pair lived, said they had been found safe and well as a result of coverage in the French media.

French authorities had been accused by the British media of failing to take the disappearance of Megan seriously after some judicial officials were quoted as saying the couple were not being actively looked for.

Under French law, a 15 year old is not considered a minor in sexual terms, unlike in Britain, where the age of consent is 16.

Mr Forrest could, however, be deemed to have committed a crime in France if he is found to have abused the position of authority he had as Megan’s teacher.