Le Figaro Nice
Don't touch the "Stockfish"! This clamor inspired by Francis Blanche's cult line in Les Tontons Flingueurs (Georges Lautner's masterpiece released in 1963) sums up Graig Monetti's state of mind after reading a new missive by Éric Ciotti written for Christian Estrosi. The deputy mayor delegate for Youth and founder of the "Stockfish", a theater of the city, refutes the allegations of the deputy maralpin according to which the holding of weekly evenings would generate unbearable nuisance for the neighborhood.
Located in the St Roch district, inside the Maison de l'étudiant – where the Crous is headquartered and in which one of the most beautiful student residences in Nice is located – the "Stockfish" opened to the public for the first time on March 9, 2022. Since then, the performances have followed one another. From January 1 to June 6, the space brought together some 10,000 people. An essential place of conviviality in the Côte d'Azur capital, the "Stockfish" also maintains a philanthropic virtue with the creation of a solidarity refreshment bar. This year, the City boasts of having donated 7000,<> euros to eight associations, such as the Secours Populaire, the Telethon or the Food Bank.
And yet. This place imbued with culture and which takes its name from a specialty of Nice, would not be to everyone's taste. According to Eric Ciotti, the evenings organized in the theater "would also take place outside the building, on the forecourt, and would generate significant noise pollution until late at night". If he could not see the facts himself, the parliamentarian relies on the solicitation of a resident living close to the room. "Faced with this situation, I would be extremely grateful if you would take the necessary measures to ensure that the residents of this neighborhood as well as the students find all the tranquility they are entitled to expect," he wrote to Christian Estrosi.
" READ ALSO In Nice, Eric Ciotti denounces an "extremely important" decrease in the number of municipal police
"An open-air nightclub"
Contacted by Le Figaro, the complainant persists and signs. "It's just unbearable and I paid the price again two days ago. It used to be an evening from time to time, now it's three times a week. They put the speakers in the room but also outside, without authorization. It's simply an open-air nightclub," scolds Camille*, visibly at the end of her nerves. According to her, students who dare to complain would be systematically "sent bouler" by Graig Monetti himself. "We make them understand that if they are not happy they just have to go and settle elsewhere. It's just unthinkable to lack so much civility in relation to local residents but especially in relation to students. The noise lasts until 1:30 in the morning while I get up at 6:30 am, "laments Camille. The latter assures that she will file a complaint this weekend. She also intends to set up a collective in her residence.
In the neighborhood, opinions are more measured. "Yes, there is a little noise in the evening, but it's part of student life...", says a resident of the Olivier Chesneau campus, rolling her eyes. "We are lucky to have double glazing on the windows and many doors that compartmentalize the floors. I live in the 4th and I don't hear anything," said another student before melting into the tram. "It's a hell of a mess, it's true. I was woken up several times at night," grumbles a young woman who has been living for a week and a half in the Appartcity residence, located just opposite the "Stockfish". "My building burned down last week. I have been relocated here in the meantime. It shouldn't last too long," she reassures herself.
This neighborhood was a wasteland ten years ago. Worse, it was the Wild West!
Graig Monetti, Deputy Mayor for Youth and founder of the "Stockfish".
" READ ALSO Investigation in Nice on the financing of the parties of Christian Estrosi during the municipal elections
The founder of "the smallest of the great halls" of the city is appalled by the letter of the deputy Ciotti. "This neighborhood was a wasteland ten years ago. Worse, it was the Wild West!, says Graig Monetti. See what has become. We have opened a concert hall, a student residence, two sports halls, a cinema and soon the economics college will also welcome medicine. The Stockfish is an extraordinary hall that benefits cultural and social associations. It's great." Regarding nuisances, the municipal elected official explains: "As in any community life, the presence of a certain number of people makes more noise than if there were no one, that's for sure. But in truth, even the most impressive party we've had so far ended at 1am." The latter also recalls that two acoustic studies were conducted in the concert hall to reduce noise as much as possible.
The deputy is finally surprised by the reaction of Eric Ciotti, who strongly opposed the destruction of the Acropolis convention center and the National Theater (TNN), pointing to a decline in the cultural offer in Nice. "When you don't do anything, you're bothered by nobody! tance, Graig Monetti. In the end, all this is just the price of the balance sheet. And then it is also the principle of the general interest. There are three disgruntled for every 97 happy." The local elected official assures him: "I will fight for the "Stockfish" to hold and, in addition, to develop.»
*First name has been changed