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Evening Update Thurs 25th May 2017

Thief Dead - The thief shot in middle of a burglary on a villa in Tourettes-sur-Loup has died. The 25 year-old broke into the villa at 4am this morning when the Swiss owner, who held a handgun in his night table, found himself face to face with a hooded man, felt threatened and shot. The burglar fled the scene. After the villa owner called authorities, the burglar was found nearby, dead on the side of the road to Vence.  Police have opened a double investigation for burglary and murder.

Migrants - Local human rights activist, Cédric Herrou, has upped his campaign for migrant rights this week, by taking almost 100 migrants from his home in Briel-sur-Roya by train to Nice. Last night the group spent the night on the steps of the Courts of Justice, while today they had been moved on from place to place by authorities before finding refuge in the Catholic church on Rue Paganini. Authorities have committed to finding accommodation for the group tonight and they plan to complete their migrant registrations tomorrow.

Burkini - The Algerian millionaire activist planning a mass burkini event tomorrow in Cannes, has cancelled the event after authorities severely warned it would not be allowed happen. He says, instead, his group will go for a “swim” but declined to mention in which swimwear.

BUSINESS

The US Federal Bank has said it want’s to see proof the country's economic slowdown is temporary before they raise interest rates. Markets, which had been expecting a rate rise this month, dipped on release o the new with the dollar down by nearly two percentage points against the Dollar Index, a basket of foreign currencies.

The UK's economy grew more slowly than first estimated in the first three months of the year, as the key services sector lost momentum. Economic growth slowed to 0.2% in the quarter according to the UK Office for National Statistics. They said the slowdown was in consumer-focused industries, such as retail sales and accommodation.

A Chinese consortium has paid $600m for the world's second-largest condom maker. Australia's Ansell is selling its condom division to in an all-cash deal which will allow them to focus on their industrial and medical rubber products. Ansell CEO Magnus Nicolin said it was their only consumer business and the only business where weren’t number one in the world.

SPORT

The eyes of the world are us this weekend for the Monaco Grand Prix. Today was practice day with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel setting an impressive pace in second practice, 0.487 seconds quicker than Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, while Lewis Hamilton was more than a second off the pace.  Make sure you’re listening to the Full English Breakfast Show here on Riviera Radio tomorrow for more, including interviews with Jack Nicholls and Allan McNish from 5Live Formula 1, and Alex Wurz; the Chairman of the Formula 1 Drivers Association.