Upcoming celebration in Nice

Author: fraise

Wednesday 9 June 2010, in La France, Nice

Politiquement incorrect
300-odd years ago, Nice was not part of France, but part of the Duchy of Savoy, and later the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont. Duchy of Savoy territories were the last to join France, their annexation in the 1860 Treaty of Turin ratified by a hotly-contested vote that is still the subject of debate today. Calls for secession from France continue, by authors such as Alain Roullier and groups like Liberà Nissa and the harder-right Nissa Rebela, which I photographed for a “politically incorrect” topic in a recent competition here. (The winner was a photograph of someone using a French flag as toilet paper, to put it politely. When that caused an uproar, the winner was stripped of their prize, which was then given to a photograph of a pregnant woman holding a burning cigarette in front of her stomach. All I can say is that if those were the types of photos they were looking for, I’m glad I didn’t win.)

Amidst this debate, celebrations for Nice’s 150th year as part of France are set for this weekend, beginning Friday evening with a traditional bell-casting for the Notre Dame church here. Festivities will end with a flyover by the Patrouille de France on Monday, the day the French flag was raised over the Palais des Ducs de Savoie, today known as the Palais de la Préfecture in Vieux Nice (Old Nice). I’m going to try to make it to all the events and hope to blog them every day from this Friday to next Monday.

3 responses to “Upcoming celebration in Nice”

  1. Nicole Says:

    Hi,

    Hope you don’t mind a lurker popping up to ask a question! Do you know if the Mairie (or anyone else) has published a list of events for the weekend? I’d like to see as many of them as possible, but don’t quite know where to start looking…

    Thank you for any advice – and thank you for your blog!

    Nicole

  2. fraise Says:

    Hi Nicole! The programme is online:
    http://www.nice.fr/Culture/Actualites/Celebration-du-150e-anniversaire-de-l-Union-du-Comte-de-Nice-a-la-France/Programme-du-150eme-anniversaire

  3. Nicole Says:

    Oh – awesome – thank you!

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