Tag Archives: Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi

Nissa Rebela wishes Muslims a happy Ramadan

After the first night of Ramadan, Nice’s Muslim community woke up to find their street signs stickered over:  rue d’Italie now read ‘Burqa Boulevard’, rue d’Angleterre had become ‘Stoning Street’, and rue de Suisse, the site of the controversial overflowing Islamic prayer center, had … Continue reading

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Nerves of Steel: Estrosi talks bomber down in Vieux Nice

It was a scene straight out of Dog Day Afternoon:  A desperate lunatic, who for years has filled the windows of his Vieux Nice shoe store with slogans insulting the Mayor, calls the Mayor’s office and yells ominously, “…You’ve WON!”   He then barricades himself in his shoe … Continue reading

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Celebrity Victim of ‘Vol à la Portière’ Attempt

Thursday around 7:30pm on the Prom, he was sitting in his parked car, probably with briefcase and phone sitting on the passenger seat, when his car was spotted by two young n’er-do-wells, looking for an easy mark. They pulled their … Continue reading

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No Fig Leaf for Apollo Statue

Banned from Place Massena in the ‘70’s for being overly well-endowed, the giant marble statue of Apollo is coming back.  The fountain that currently crowns Place Massena has lived a long and twisted story:  At its inauguration in 1956 there … Continue reading

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Crime in Nice: Up with your Hands!

Riviera armed robberies doubled last year, from 70 to 140.   The spectacular jewel heists make the news, but the real increase in crime in Nice was in the much less glamorous variety of corner store hold-ups perpetrated by down-on-their-luck losers.   … Continue reading

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Nice Bus Station Closed: Buses Scattered

The Nice Gare Routiere is finito: closed as of today, a date with the wrecking ball next week, and re-emerging a few years down the road as a lovely park.   Oh, but did I mention that the modern new Nice Bus Station near the airport (along … Continue reading

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Ariane Vandals Wish their Neighbors a Happy New Year… By Burning their Cars

On New Year’s Eve, while corks were a-popping up and down the Cote d’Azur, a very different tradition was being played out in low-income suburbs all over France… the annual lighting of your neighbor’s car on fire.  It’s customary in … Continue reading

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