A British man whose mother was reportedly found dead next to him in a car as he was about to board a ferry to the UK in Calais has been arrested.
The pair, originally from the Isle of Wight, were due to travel back from France on Friday.
French media reported that an investigation was launched into the death and a post-mortem examination on the woman, believed to be in her 80s, took place on Friday.
Prosecutor of the Republic of Boulogne, Pascal Marconville, told local paper Le Journal Du Centre: “It was at the moment where they had to get out of the vehicle that the son realised she had died.
“She died because of her age and a cancerous pathology which could explain the marks found on the body, which are in fact bruises.
“According to the son, it would be linked to recurring falls.”
A spokeswoman from the Foreign Office said: “We are aware of the death of a British woman and the arrest of a British man in Calais. We are liaising with the French authorities.”
The son, reportedly in his 50s, is said to have been taken to a hospital in Calais.