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Christian Estrosi

Christian Estrosi
Mayor of Nice
Assumed office
21 March 2008
Preceded by Jacques Peyrat
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
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
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) July 1, 1955
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 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 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.


Early life

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

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.

Political career

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]

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.[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 Minister of Land Management.[1] He was then appointed on 19 June 2007 as the Minister of the Overseas French territories (DOM-TOM).[1] From 2009 to 2010, he served as Minister in charge of Industry.[1]

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.

Personal life

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]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Official website biography
  2. ^ National Assembly webpage
  3. ^ Paul Barelli, Mosquée à Nice : l'équilibrisme électoral de M. Estrosi, Le Monde, 10.10.2013
  4. ^ Dominique Estrosi Sassone: Official biography
  5. ^ Olivier Bertrand, Nice : l’ex-femme d’Estrosi contre l’ex-maire, Libération, 14 March 2011
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