FRENCH police are not actively looking for the maths teacher who has eloped with a 15-year-old pupil.
They have not even undertaken standard credit card or mobile phone searches in an attempt to trace Jeremy Forrest, 30, and Megan Stammers, who were last seen on a ferry to Calais last Thursday.
The case has been further hampered in France by the fact that the age of consent is 15, so their relationship is not against the law.
Jean-Philippe Joubert, state prosecutor for Boulogne-sur-Mer, said: “These people have been put on a missing persons’ list and a European Arrest Warrant has been issued. But there are no dedicated detectives or specific searches going on right now.
“But if the couple are recognised and identified, then they will be arrested.”
Megan’s parents are also frustrated that the couple’s disappearance has received virtually no coverage in the French media.
It was claimed yesterday that Sussex Police had seized Megan’s mobile phone after being made aware of her relationship with Mr Forrest and had urged the school to suspend him.
It comes as it emerged that Megan had been exchanging messages with her maths teacher on Twitter for at least six months, each posting cryptic messages and song lyrics about being in love.
Mr Forrest disclosed that he was “sacrificing his sanity” to be with the one he loved and described feeling “helpless”.
In March, when she was just 14, Megan claimed that she was “probably just infatuated” before adding two days later: “Age is overrated.”
The pair, who also discussed running away together, have not been seen since catching a ferry together from Dover to Calais last Thursday evening.
Victoria Ward, Telegraph.co.uk