Evening Update Wednesday 19th October 2022

A 78-year-old man with Alzheimer's who went missing after boarding a TGV at Cannes station on Sunday has been found safe and well in Toulon. The man was due to travel to Paris, where a relative waiting for him at the Gare de Lyon raised the alarm when he did not show up. His family say the man had been entrusted to the SNCF's special assistance team and should have been accompanied throughout the journey - but this doesn't appear to be the case. He had alighted from the train in Toulon, where he had been wandering the streets confused for two days, with passers-by mistaking him for a homeless person. Firefighters eventually took him to hospital after he suffered a fall and he has now been reunited with his family.

The stepfather of a seven-year-old boy who died at his home in La Seyne sur Mer has been charged with his murder and remanded in custody. The boy's mother was the first to have been arrested after the tragic incident last week, but investigators then turned their attention to her partner. Police arrested him this weekend in Brignoles. An autopsy found the seven-year-old boy had suffered several beatings. The boy had been followed by child welfare officers since 2018.

Three family members have gone on trial over a fatal dispute between neighbours in Cagnes-sur-Mer in which a 43-year-old man was shot dead in 2018. A 21-year-old man is charged with murder and has spent the past three-and-a-half years in pre-trial detention. His mother and sister, who are also claimed to have been involved in the argument, face charges of violence and failing to assist a person in danger. The accused were having lunch in their garden when they became angry about the noise and dust from their next-door neighbour, who was busy renovating their home ahead of a sale. The brawl was filmed on a mobile phone. The verdict is expected tomorrow evening.

Self-service electric scooter operators in Nice have reported a surge in demand due to the ongoing fuel shortages. Cityscoot, which has operated in the city for the past four years, says it's seen a peak in activity in the past two weeks - and the scooters are being used for longer journeys than usual. Meanwhile, faced with ongoing fuel shortages, the Paca region has announced that train travel on the TER local network will be half price from today until Friday. The 50% discount applies to weekly season tickets and same-day return tickets.

Parents at a nursery school in the north of Nice have expressed their disappointment after being told that the school will be permanently shut down due to the building's poor condition. Last week, all the residents at the Mont Gros apartment block, just off the Grande-Corniche, were told not to go out on their balconies after one collapsed. The nursery school on the ground floor of the building was