Christian Estrosi (born 1 July 1955) is a French sportsman and
politician. He is a former professional motorcyclist and politician, a
former Minister, a former President of the Regional Council of
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and the Mayor of Nice.
1 Early life
2.1 Motorcycle racing
2.2 Political career
3 Personal life
Christian Estrosi was born on 1 July 1955 in Nice. His
grandparents were immigrants from Italy.
He was a professional motorcycle racer and competed at the world
championship level in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. His best result
was a fourth-place finish in the 500cc 1978 French Grand Prix. He
repeated the result with another fourth-place finish at the 1979
Spanish Grand Prix. He received the Youth and Sports gold medal.
He was a member of the municipal council of
Nice from 1983 to 1990,
when he resigned. He was re-elected in 2008, when he was also
elected Mayor of Nice. In 2013, he rejected a plan to build a
mosque funded by a businessman from Saudi Arabia in Nice.
He has served as President of the Urban community of
Nice Côte d'Azur
since 2008 and Chairman of Métropole
Nice Côte d'Azur since 2012. He
served as regional councillor of
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur from 1992
to 2002, and as its Vice President from 1992 to 1998. He served as
Vice-president of the General Council of
Alpes-Maritimes from 2001 to
2003, and as its President from 2003 to 2008.
He served as a member of the National Assembly of
France for the 5th
constituency of the
Alpes-Maritimes from 1988 to 1993, then from 1997
to 2005, from 2008 to 2009, and has served in this capacity since
2010. In addition, he has held several ministerial positions in the
French government in Paris. He was appointed on 2 June 2005 as
Deputy Minister of Land Management. He was then appointed on 19
June 2007 as the Deputy Minister of the Overseas French territories
(DOM-TOM). From 2009 to 2010, he served as Deputy Minister in
charge of Industry.
He is the recipient of a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University
of Haifa in Israel. He is a Knight of the
Legion of Honour
Legion of Honour from the
French Republican, an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Republic of
Poland, and a Commander of the
Order of Saint-Charles
Order of Saint-Charles from Monaco.
In 2016, Estrosi threatened to sue people who distributed photos of an
incident in which
Nice police ordered a Muslim woman to remove her
burkini, saying that circulating the photos would "provoke defamatory
remarks and threats against police agents".
On 8 May 2017, he announced his resignation from the presidency of the
PACA region to run to become mayor of
Nice again, the day after the
second round of the presidential election.
He was married to Dominique Sassone, daughter of Jean Sassone
(1931–2006), who served as Vice Mayor of
Nice from 1977 to
^ a b c d e f g h i j k Official website biography
^ National Assembly webpage
^ a b c "Rider Statistics - Christian Estrosi". MotoGP.com. Retrieved
^ Paul Barelli, Mosquée à Nice : l'équilibrisme électoral de
M. Estrosi, Le Monde, 10.10.2013.
^ Amar Toor (2016-08-25). "French official threatens to sue social
media users who share burkini photos". The Verge.
^ Press release from Deputy Mayor of Nice, 24 August 2016
Christian Estrosi annonce sa démission de la présidence de la
région PACA pour redevenir maire de Nice". Agence France-Presse. 8
May 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
^ Dominique Estrosi Sassone: Official biography Archived 2015-02-04 at
the Wayback Machine.
^ Olivier Bertrand, Nice : l’ex-femme d’Estrosi contre
l’ex-maire, Libération, 14 March 2011.
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