Christian Estrosi

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Christian Estrosi
Christian Estrosi - 2017 (24778920307) (cropped).jpg
Mayor of Nice
Assumed office
15 May 2017
Preceded byPhilippe Pradal
In office
21 March 2008 – 13 June 2016
Preceded byJacques Peyrat
Succeeded byPhilippe Pradal
President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
In office
18 December 2015 – 8 May 2017
Preceded byMichel Vauzelle
Succeeded byRenaud Muselier
Deputy Minister of Industry
In office
23 June 2009 – 13 November 2010
PresidentNicolas Sarkozy
Prime MinisterFrançois Fillon
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byÉric Besson
Deputy Minister of Overseas France
In office
19 June 2007 – 17 March 2008
PresidentNicolas Sarkozy
Prime MinisterFrançois Fillon
Preceded byHervé Mariton
Succeeded byYves Jégo
Deputy Minister of Planning of the Territory
In office
2 June 2005 – 15 May 2007
PresidentJacques Chirac
Prime MinisterDominique de Villepin
Preceded byFrédéric de Saint-Sernin
Succeeded byHubert Falco
Personal details
Born (1955-07-01) 1 July 1955 (age 65)
Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Political partyRally for the Republic
Union for a Popular Movement
The Republicans (2015–present)
Spouse(s)Dominique Estrosi Sassone (1995–2016)
Laura Tenoudji (2016–present)
Christian Estrosi
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years19761983
First race1976 500cc Finnish Grand Prix
Last race1983 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 politician, a former Minister, a former President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and the Mayor of Nice.

Early life[edit]

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


Motorcycle racing[edit]

He was a professional motorcycle racer and competed at the world championship level in Grand Prix motorcycle racing.[3] His best result was a fourth-place finish in the 500cc 1978 French Grand Prix.[3] He repeated the result with another fourth-place finish at the 1979 Spanish Grand Prix.[3] 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.[4]

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, then from 2010 to 2016.[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 a 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 Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, and a Commander of the 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".[5][6]

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.[7] He is still managing the region as vice-president.

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.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Official website biography". Archived from the original on 2013-08-15. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  2. ^ National Assembly webpage
  3. ^ a b c "Rider Statistics - Christian Estrosi". Retrieved 2015-12-19.
  4. ^ Paul Barelli, Mosquée à Nice : l'équilibrisme électoral de M. Estrosi, Le Monde, 10.10.2013.
  5. ^ Amar Toor (2016-08-25). "French official threatens to sue social media users who share burkini photos". The Verge.
  6. ^ Press release from Deputy Mayor of Nice, 24 August 2016
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ Dominique Estrosi Sassone: Official biography Archived 2015-02-04 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Olivier Bertrand, Nice : l’ex-femme d’Estrosi contre l’ex-maire, Libération, 14 March 2011.