Nils Wärmegård left a bar in Le Mans last Sunday night but never arrived home.
French police divers found Wärmegård’s body at lunchtime on Saturday in a river close to where he was last seen alive.
Wärmegård had been in Le Zoo bar with a group of friends. He left at around 1.30am Sunday night to walk the 500 metres to his home at a student residence.
Wärmegård’s father Per, who has been in France assisting police with enquiries, had expressed a fear earlier on Saturday that his son may have fallen into the river.
“I fear that an accident has occurred. But my hope is that he has been abducted,” Per Wärmegrård said to Aftonbladet.
According to Arne Kallin, press officer at the Swedish embassy in Paris, police deployed significant resources to search for the man.
Nils Wärmegård, from Kramfors in northern Sweden, moved to France to work as an acrobat with a circus group based in Le Mans.