Little clap of thunder on the Bay of Angels!
He had thought of it as a shocking and innovative idea to limit the spread of Covid-19 in a town which is close to French records in terms of the epidemic.
But justice did not adhere to the concept.
This Monday, the very media-friendly municipal decree of Christian Estrosi banning seasonal rentals in Nice (Alpes-Maritimes) from February 6 to 20 was purely and simply suspended by the administrative court.
The summary judge relied in particular on the local context.
In particular on the fact that the prefect "has not taken any additional measures to ban movement or limit seasonal rentals", despite a worrying health situation.
He also felt that this decision was at least not very egalitarian when hotels can remain open as if nothing had happened.
"We found that very unfair and discriminatory"
"The massive influx of tourists invoked on the Côte d'Azur during the winter was not demonstrated, although the 2021 Nice Carnival has been postponed to 2022 and all non-essential trips have been strongly discouraged", the judge also argues.
The suspension of the decree will probably relieve the many individuals who rent on Airbnb type platforms, sometimes multi-owners, in this oh so touristy region.
It is even a local sport since, in the Nice metropolis alone, around 10,000 housing units are available on the tourist rental market.
“We found it very unfair and discriminatory.
The text was detrimental to the entire destination.
The state cannot order people to go on vacation and tell other people
not to come
, ”reacts Lucienne Giulian, president of the Union of Tourism Rental Professionals (UPLT) at the origin of this appeal. .
Christian Estrosi does not want to retreat
Its small structure, which brings together around fifteen real estate agents or travel agents from the sector offering private goods, had not at all appreciated the initiative which it qualified as "political announcement effect ... more than sanitary ”.
“This caused a lack of visibility for our customers, adds the manager.
The occupancy rate was very low, but we can hope to have some last minute reservations.
Christian Estrosi, he does not want to retreat.
Especially since the situation is critical, with "97% of Covid beds occupied", "saturated resuscitations and an incidence rate of 529 on February 5", he says.
He will appeal to the Council of State.
"The same jurisdiction," he said, "which recognized the right, even the duty, to act in the face of the exceptional circumstances experienced by the city of Nice when examining the appeal against the curfew or the wearing of mask today holds the opposite reasoning.
What an oddity!