Christian Estrosi, Deputy Mayor of Nice, President of the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis, presented his greetings Monday, January 7 to the Italian community in the Villa Massena in Nice, in the presence of Luciano Barillaro, Consul General of Italy in Nice, Gaston Franco, Member of Parliament, Mayor of St Martin-Vésubie, Rudy Salles, Alpes-Maritimies MP, Deputy Mayor of Nice and many personalities.
During his speech Christian Estrosi thanked the many Italians for choosing Nice for this holiday season and praised their courage in this difficult period of crisis and to have managed, by hard sacrifices, to find again the place they deserved in Europe.
He stressed how exceptional this year was, crowning four years of efforts turned to the beautification of the city, but also to more justice, more security, within the powers of the mayor. The inauguration of the new stadium, the construction of new parking and the extraordinary garden of the “coulée verte” (green pedestrian zone). The Promenade du Paillon that in a few months, will appear in a green setting, perfumes and colors, will extend to the sea. Mr Estrosi announced its decision to give back to the boulevard Jean Jaurès that runs along it, the name of “Boulevard of the Italians.” Its was already named like that since 1880, but was rechristened in 1946 for historical reasons. This news delighted the audience. He also recalled that the Promenade des Anglais, the emblem of the city of Nice, would be the theater of great events, such as the Tour de France, the Francophonie Games and told he took his own initiative to ask for it to be classified by UNESCO as World Heritage. He announced that he would fight again and again for 2013 to be a splendid and fertile year and ended with the words: “It is with this conviction, my dear friends, I offer you today so all my wishes for health and prosperity for you and those you love! Tanti auguri, cari amici Italiani di Nizza e Nizzardi d’Italia, tanti auguri! “
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