|President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur|
Assumed office |
18 December 2015
|Preceded by||Michel Vauzelle|
|Mayor of Nice|
21 March 2008 – 13 June 2016
|Preceded by||Jacques Peyrat|
|Succeeded by||Philippe Pradal|
|Deputy Minister of Industry|
23 June 2009 – 13 November 2010
|Prime Minister||François Fillon|
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Succeeded by||Éric Besson|
|Deputy Minister of Overseas France|
19 June 2007 – 17 March 2008
|Prime Minister||François Fillon|
|Preceded by||Hervé Mariton|
|Succeeded by||Yves Jégo|
|Deputy Minister of Planning of the Territory|
2 June 2005 – 15 May 2007
|Prime Minister||Dominique de Villepin|
|Preceded by||Frédéric de Saint-Sernin|
|Succeeded by||Hubert Falco|
1 July 1955|
Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Rally for the Republic|
Union for a Popular Movement
Les Républicains (2015–present)
|Spouse(s)||Dominique Sassone (1995–present)|
|Religion||Christian (Roman Catholicism)|
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 Mayor of Nice, and the current President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.
He was a professional motorcycle racer and competed at the world championship level in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. His best result was a fourth-place finish in the 500cc 1978 French Grand Prix. He repeated the result with another fourth-place finish at the 1979 Spanish 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.
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 Deputy Minister of Land Management. He was then appointed on 19 June 2007 as the Deputy Minister of the Overseas French territories (DOM-TOM). From 2009 to 2010, he served as Deputy Minister in charge of Industry.
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".
- Official website biography
- National Assembly webpage
- "Rider Statistics - Christian Estrosi". MotoGP.com. Retrieved 2015-12-19.
- Paul Barelli, Mosquée à Nice : l'équilibrisme électoral de M. Estrosi, Le Monde, 10.10.2013.
- Amar Toor (2016-08-25). "French official threatens to sue social media users who share burkini photos". The Verge.
- Press release from Deputy Mayor of Nice, 24 August 2016
- Dominique Estrosi Sassone: Official biography
- Olivier Bertrand, Nice : l’ex-femme d’Estrosi contre l’ex-maire, Libération, 14 March 2011.