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Evening Update Weds 17th May 2017

Yes Minister - The President of the University of Nice, Frédérique Vidal, has been appointed the new Minister of Higher Education for France. The announcement was made as Emmanuel Macron unveiled his first government this afternoon with the left, right and centre, all represented, and an equal balance between male and female members as well.

Murder - The Assize Court of the Bouche-du-Rhone has handed down a 21 year prison sentence for the murder of a
student in Marseilles four years ago. The student was killed by a 30 year-old man, Samir Dar.douri, who killed him with a bottle shard while stealing his watch. Dar.douri is currently in prison in Belgium for another attempted robbery with violence and weapons.

Film Fest - The Cannes Film Festival kicks off this evening with Nicole Kidman, Clint Eastwood and Will Smith just some of the big names in town for the world’s largest film festival. The town is under high security with sipers over sensitive sites, and concrete barriers, in form of giant flower pots, guarding the Croisette against another Nice style attack. Patrick Mairesse, security chief for the festival, said the objective was to cause as little nuisance as possible, so the party can stay a party. We have full coverage of the festival, direct from the Hotel Martinez in Cannes, every morning on the Breakfast Show with Riviera Radio.

BUSINESS

Peer-to-peer money sending firm TransferWise has announced it has become profitable. Six years after being founded by two Estonian’s in London, who wanted to shake up the money transfer market, TransferWise now has over a million customers transferring more than £1bn every month.

Nestlé has lost an attempt to trademark the shape of its four-fingered KitKat bar, after the London Court of Appeal threw out the case. Recently, Cadbury tried to trademark the shade of purple it uses for its Dairy Milk brand, but failed in that also.

Universal Music has become the last of the three major record companies to strike a licensing deal to stream music in China. It’s follows deals between Sony/BMG and Warner Music, with Chinese streaming giant, TenCent. The company already provides more than 17 million songs to 600 million active users every month.

SPORT

Motor Racing - Fernando Alonso is confident he’ll be in good shape for the Indianapolis 500. Spain's two-time Formula 1 champion spent yesterday's test learning about his car behaves in traffic on the 220mph super-speedway. The McLaren driver, who’s missing the Monaco Grand Prix to compete at Indy on May 28th, completed 117 laps yesterday and was 24th fastest out of 33 runners with an average speed of 221mph.

Football - It’s looking like Juventus could claim a possible domestic and European treble. Firstly they face Lazio in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday. If they win that, then they just need one win from their final two matches to secure a sixth consecutive Serie A title, and finally, they could crown it off with a win against Real Madrid at the Champions League final in Cardiff on 3 June.

Tennis - Andy Murray is hurting after being knocked out of the Italian Open last night but denies his recent run of difficulties are anything to do with the pressures of being world number one.  As the French Open and Wimbledon approach, Murray has only reached one semi-final in his last four clay court events.