Nice against anti-Russian sanctions

Moscow Government minister, head of the Department for External Economic and International Relations (DVMS) Sergey Cheremin and Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi held a business conversation at the Nice City Hall. Local representatives and multiple journalists were present when Mr. Cheremin and Mr. Estrosi signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The document entails the strengthening of cooperating between the two cities in the fields of transportation, tourism, the hotel industry, culture, education, power and the creation and development of a barrier-free urban environment.

Sergey Cheremin noted that signing the document marked the beginning of a new era of cooperation between the two cities. “I don’t have any doubts that combining our efforts in solving economic and social problems that face Moscow and Nice will result in stronger peaceful ties between our peoples, improved welfare and more comfortable living conditions,” the head of the DVMS said.

“Our relationship with the Russian capital is geared toward the future,” Mr. Estrosi said, “Nice is prepared to share its experience in urban management, culture and tourism with Moscow.”

The mayor of Nice also pointed out that he has always been opposed to the sanctions against Russia. “Even is the EU and France don’t lift them,” he said, “Nice will follow its own path anyway.” In his opinion, sanctions work against any kind of cooperation, which is “extremely flawed policy.”

Within the scope of Moscow Days in Nice, the French Riviera capital hosted a conference titled “Doing Business in Moscow,” which was attended by business representatives from both cities. During his address, Sergey Cheremin talked about the rapid development of the Russian capital’s transport infrastructure, the preparation of athletic facilities for the FIFA World Cup in 2018, the development of areas around the Moscow River, improvements to the city’s public spaces and the renovation of industrial areas.

The Minister invited French companies to participate in the implementation of a project for the establishment of a new medical cluster in Moscow and possible set up local enterprises, since Russian legislation now allows the involvement of foreign experts for such projects. The head of DVMS gave a speech during the roundtable discussion entitled “The Specifics of Setting Up Tourist Infrastructure in Moscow and Nice,” as well as during the meeting with Russian compatriots.

The business program for Moscow Days in Nice continued with a conference on education. The establishment of a Russian-French university network. Sergey Cheremin, who spoke at the conference, said that “this is a unique international project that will help increase the number of Russian students studying in France and vice versa.”

The President of the University of Nice and concurrently the President of the Russian-French University Frederic Vidal thinks that our countries have six months in order to develop joint educational programs. Moreover, the two sides hope to increase exchange student volumes, recognize higher education diplomas of the two countries and put together a scientific research plan.

The first developments are set to be discussed in January 2017. The universities will soon start to form a Board of Trustees, which will include both Russian and French business structures. They will help with finances, take part in the education process and employ students. Students will have the opportunity to choose an education program or participate in an exchange program in September of next year.

During the final Moscow Day in France, the Moscow delegation and heads of the Nice city administration jointly paid tribute to the pilots of the French squadron "Normandy-Neman." The ceremony took place next to the statue to the statue of Louis Delfino. A native of the Mediterranean city, he was the commandant of the legendary regiment that fought side-by-side with Russian pilots against the enemy during WWII.

Moscow Days also included a solemn service in honor of the new opening of the Russian Orthodox St. Nicholas Cathedral. It was built in Nice in 1912 on donations from the Russian community and personal funds from the Royal Family. Moscow restorers took an active part in rebuilding the temple, restoring its unique frescoes and icons.



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