Christian Estrosi (born 1 July 1955 in Nice) 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.
Career as a motorcyclist
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.
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.
Additionally, 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 Minister of Land Management. He was then appointed on 19 June 2007 as the Minister of the Overseas French territories (DOM-TOM). From 2009 to 2010, he served as Minister in charge of Industry.
He is the recipient of an Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Haifa in Israel. Additionally, 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.