I’m so proud of the congratulatory letter I received from Mayor Christian Estrosi after he received a copy of Nice Uncovered: Walks Through the Secret Heart of a Historic City. There’s nothing like being personally congratulated by a city’s mayor after you write about his city. I particularly like this sentence:
11 témoigne du profond attachement que vous avez pour notre belle cite, enracinée dans
l ‘histoire du Comte de Nice et ouverte sur le monde .
Translation: It testifies to the deep attachment you have for our beautiful city, rooted in the story of the County of Nice and open to the world.
Here is a copy of the letter:
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On August 28, 1944, local Nice Resistance fighters launched an insurrection against the German occupation, pushing Germans out of the city by the end of the day. Fighting was fierce throughout the city and led to the death of 32 Nice soldiers. Two days later, an American armored column from Saint-Laurent du Var arrived in the city, securing its liberation.
For the 77th anniversary of its liberation this coming Saturday, Nice will pay tribute to the fallen in a solemn procession throughout town. Beginning at 8am at the Mairie (5 rue de l’Hotel de Ville), the procession will pass the commemorative plaques of resistance fighters before culminating in a ceremony at the Monument aux Morts. Naturally Mayor Christian Estrosi and other local dignitaries will be present.… Read the rest
Nice is now a World Heritage Site! UNESCO awarded Nice its coveted status 27 July 2021. It’s been a long process, begun in 2012 by Mayor Christian Estrosi. In January 2020 the French government formally submitted the candidacy of Nice for UNESCO consideration.
Why is Nice a World Heritage Site?
Nice has convinced UNESCO that a chunk of the city center is of Outstanding Universal Value. According to the World Heritage Committee, the objective of inscription on the World Heritage List is to “recognize and protect sites that are outstanding demonstrations of human coexistence with the land as well as human interactions, cultural coexistence, spirituality and creative expression”.
So what is so outstanding about Nice? Leisure and tourism. According to Franck Riester, formerly French Culture Minister “Nice’s nomination.… Read the rest