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Nice, France (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur)
At the extreme south-east of France, about 30 kilometres from the Italian border, Nice is located along the shores of the Mediterranean, between sea and mountains. The economic capital of the Côte d’Azur, Nice has the second-largest hotel capacity in France and welcomes 4 million tourists each year. It also has the third largest airport in the country, two convention centres dedicated to business tourism, a university and many cultural infrastructures.
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Twinning in action
The first twinning agreement was signed between Jacques Médecin, mayor of Nice and Roger Laroque, Mayor of Noumea.
Today, the two communities continue to overcome the distance separating their cities, nurturing in particular cultural and sporting exchanges between Nice and Noumea, and focusing on young people.
- In November 2008 : during a Mayoral Conference, a delegation of local councillors and the head of Noumea’s Festival Events met with the Mayor of Nice and councillors responsible for sectors such as Public Records, Environment and Culture, in order to discuss the Nice Carnival organisation and the potential possibilities of exchanges within the framework of events organised by Noumea.
- In November 2010 : The city of Noumea awarded a grant for a trip for the young members of the Association AJIVALL. During their visit and in the presence of the Association of Côte d’Azur New Caledonians, they were received by M. Rudy Salles, councillor for tourism and international affairs, Mme. Véronica Vecchioni, councillor for cross-border relationships and Mme. Joëlle Martinaux, councillor responsible for the welfare and social affairs for the City of Nice.
- The City of Nice organised accommodation as well as some meals for the group. The trained “prevention” instructors were able to talk with their counterparts in Nice about their respective tasks, professional practices and the realities in the field.
- The young people discovered trams and visited the Welfare Home for Young Workers. They were extremely touched by the welcome they received from Nice’s councillors, officers and partners.
- In 2011 : A meeting was held Between Nice’s Principal Private Secretary (Chief of Staff) and the Director of Youth, Sports and Culture, to discuss their respective sports and cultural policies.
- In 2012 : a meeting was held between Noumea’s Deputy Secretary-General and the Deputy Director of Nice’s mayoral office, regarding exchanges likely to be put in place notwithstanding the distance between the two twin cities.
- In 2013 : the mayors of all four twin cities (Noumea, Nice, the Gold Coast and Taupo) have planned to meet up during an exhibition of their municipalities