Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, announce the candidacy of “Nice, capital of riviera tourism” for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

It was in Nice that appeared, at the end of the XVIIIe A new type of town planning for winter tourism, followed by summer tourism. On an exceptional site, between the sea and the mountains, a new and cosmopolitan city was formed from a pre-existing urban core, the development of which was determined by the resort function between 1760 and 1960.

From the second half of the XIXe The international success of Nice has inspired the development of similar settlements along the coasts with comparable relief and climate characteristics. Nice, due to its urban scale and the diversity of its heritage strata, constitutes the reference model of riviera city.

This nomination will be considered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee at its July 2021 session.

With the candidacy of Nice, capital of riviera tourism, it is the model of cultural, heritage and tourism development of France that is highlighted. The designation of Nice as a UNESCO World Heritage site will enhance the attractiveness and cultural influence of all French territories,” said Jean-Yves Le Drian.

The Nice dossier, which we decided to defend this year, is profoundly original. It is a question of recognizing the heritage value of a new type of urban planning: cosmopolitan and oriented towards leisure. What was played in Nice from the end of the XVIIIe This century is the invention of an important part of our modernity,” said Franck Riester.