Christian Estrosi

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Christian Estrosi
Christian Estrosi.jpg
Mayor of Nice
Assumed office
21 March 2008
Preceded by Jacques Peyrat
Deputy Minister of Industry
In office
23 June 2009 – 13 November 2010
President Nicolas Sarkozy
Prime Minister François Fillon
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Éric Besson
Deputy Minister of Overseas France
In office
19 June 2007 – 17 March 2008
President Nicolas Sarkozy
Prime Minister François Fillon
Preceded by Hervé Mariton
Succeeded by Yves Jégo
Deputy Minister of Planning of the Territory
In office
2 June 2005 – 15 May 2007
President Jacques Chirac
Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin
Preceded by Frédéric de Saint-Sernin
Succeeded by Hubert Falco
Personal details
Born (1955-07-01) 1 July 1955 (age 60)
Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Nationality French
Political party Rally for the Republic
Union for a Popular Movement
Spouse(s) Dominique Sassone (1995-present)
Children Two children
Profession Motorcyclist
Religion Christian (Roman Catholicism)
Christian Estrosi
Nationality French
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1976 - 1983
First race 1976 500cc Finnish Grand Prix
Last race 1983 250cc Swedish Grand Prix
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
31 0 0 1 0

Christian Estrosi (born 1 July 1955) is a French sportsman and politician. He is a former professional motorcyclist and Minister. He currently serves as the Mayor of Nice, and as a member of the National Assembly of France for the 5th constituency of the Alpes-Maritimes.


Early life[edit]

Christian Estrosi was born on 1 July 1955 in Nice.[1][2] His grandparents were immigrants from Italy.[1]

Career as a motorcyclist[edit]

He was a well-known motorcyclist and competed in many Grand Prix. His best result was a fourth-place finish in the 1978 500cc French motorcycling Grand Prix. He received the Youth and Sports gold medal.

Political career[edit]

He was a member of the municipal council of Nice from 1983 to 1990, when he resigned.[1] He was re-elected in 2008, when he was also elected Mayor of Nice.[1] In 2013, he rejected a plan to build a mosque funded by a businessman from Saudi Arabia in Nice.[3]

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.[1] He served as Vice-president of the General Council of Alpes-Maritimes from 2001 to 2003, and as its President from 2003 to 2008.[1]

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.[1] In addition, he has held several ministerial positions in the French government in Paris.[1] He was appointed on 2 June 2005 as Deputy Minister of Land Management.[1] He was then appointed on 19 June 2007 as the Deputy Minister of the Overseas French territories (DOM-TOM).[1] From 2009 to 2010, he served as Deputy Minister in charge of Industry.[1]

He is the recipient of an Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Haifa in Israel. He is a Knight of the Legion of Honour from the French Republican, an Officer of the Ordre National du Mérite Polonais, and a Commander of the Order of Saint-Charles from Monaco.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Dominique Sassone, daughter of Jean Sassone (1931-2006), who served as Vice Mayor of Nice from 1977 to 1998.[4][5]