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In Nice, Éric Ciotti rebukes Christian Estrosi about Acropolis and reaffirms his desire to run for mayor


The deputy gathered 700 people on Saturday in Nice to oppose the demolition of the Palais des Congrès voted by the city council. He reaffirmed that he was preparing for a candidacy for mayor.

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Wednesday on the set of


, Eric Ciotti did not have time to reveal his favorite playlist.

He had however prepared it with care, according to his team.

Among one of his favorite songs, the deputy of the first constituency of the Alpes-Maritimes had chosen

Johnny Hallyday's

Allumer le feu .

Otherwise, he wanted to light a new fuse, Saturday in Nice, about the demolition of the Palais des Congrès Acropolis.

And by the way, reaffirm his wish to run for city hall in three years, as he had said on the Yann Barthès show.

By organizing a rally on Saturday morning to "

save Acropolis

", the Nice parliamentarian brought together some 700 people on the forecourt of the building, according to the police.

Éric Ciotti has been opposed to this project for a long time and sees in it the opportunity to continue the showdown with his worst enemy, the current mayor, Christian Estrosi.

From there to detect a pre-campaign meeting?

“This situation, this anger, and this choice so erroneous require that there be a profound change in Nice

, he hammered to the press.

I'll say it again: yes, I'm preparing to give Nice new hope."

"Total madness"

The demolition of the Palais des Congrès in Nice, built in 1985 by the former city councilor Jacques Médecin, was voted in the municipal council in order to extend the green corridor and to develop an "urban forest" in the heart of the city to cope with global warming. climatic.

Demolition work is scheduled to begin on February 28 and a new convention center is being considered west of the city.

For Éric Ciotti, it is

“total madness”

, an expression that he hammers against Christian Estrosi.

"I find no credible justification for demolishing Acropolis, except that of a drift of a megalomaniac power, increasingly personal and which has only a Parisian vision of the management of Nice"

, he said. tackle.

Éric Ciotti took no tweezers in targeting the municipality in front of the supporters of his fight.

"Political life is not made up of those who get up one morning with irrational whims"

, rebuked the elected representative of Nice, calling Christian Estrosi a

"demolishing mayor"


He harangued those present to mobilize and not to let go.

Among his main arguments, Éric Ciotti denounces at the same time

“budgetary, economic, cultural and environmental madness”


He argues that this project will make the city lose its attractiveness and that congresses would no longer return to the fifth largest city in France.

He also sweeps away the ecological argument:

"a grotesque alibi, especially if it is to concrete ten times more elsewhere"

, he explained, thinking of the developments in the Var plain.

The site of the inconstructable MIN?

Éric Ciotti has come forward to say that the former site of the MIN, where the new convention center is to be built, was unbuildable.

"I do not see how, as it stands, the prefecture will be able to grant a building permit there"

, he underlined, referring to the level of calibration of the banks of the Var and the gauges which are not adapted.

Following these remarks, the town hall of Nice immediately denounced

“a new fake news”

, ensuring that it had exchanged with the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes and

“that no decision had been taken in this direction”.

"It's time to stop the crude manipulations which only serve to fuel a desperate thirst to do battle"

, defend the teams of Christian Estrosi.

“The addition of the oppositions definitively bringing together only a handful of lost people this meeting ends up legitimizing the project democratically validated in 2020 by the people of Nice

, replied in a tweet the deputy mayor Gael Nofri.

From now on, silence for the embittered, place for projects.

Éric Ciotti engages in this local battle, not without risk, while he must also manage, as president of the Les Républicains party, national news and pension reform.

At his side, Saturday, few elected officials, except the former mayor Jacques Peyrat, the vice-president of the departmental council Bernard Chaix or even Jean Moucheboeuf, the boss of the Reconquest party!

in the Alpes-Maritimes.

Can he emerge damaged from this fight around Acropolis almost lost in advance?

“It may be lost but he manages to mobilize all the same

, supports one of his relatives.

In 2008, Jacques Peyrat lost to Christian Estrosi because of the tramway works which were not finished.

If in three years the city is in shambles, the

Source: lefigaro

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