The National Theater of Nice cancels the visit of Nicolas Sarkozy

Former President of the Republic Nicolas Sarkozy, October 19, 2022, at the Great Mosque of Paris.

Finally, Nicolas Sarkozy will not go up on the stage of the National Theater of Nice (TNN). Five days before his arrival, scheduled for Monday 31 October as part of the new “A little, a lot, passionately” event, the public at the Nice-Côte d’Azur National Dramatic Center was informed that the evening was “cancelled”. The former President of the Republic will not come “to discuss his choices and his affinities with the world of letters and the arts” and “all the programming adjoining this meeting is also deleted”, indicates the TNN.

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Reason evoked by the theater: “the withdrawal of our partner with whom “A little, a lot, passionately”, had been built from the start”. This “partner” is Denis Carreaux, editorial director of the Nice-Matin Group. The journalist had been contacted by Murielle Mayette-Holtz, director of the TNN, to animate, once a month, these “cultural” meetings with political leaders that she had herself imagined. “I can’t ensure the whole season”now justifies the journalist.

Strong questions

The visit of Nicolas Sarkozy, close political friend of the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, for an hour and a half of exchanges on the set of a National Dramatic Center, all embellished with“Interventions by actors or musicians to illustrate their cultural preferences” raised eyebrows among some municipal elected officials from the opposition and other association leaders. These were pointing “incongruity” of this programming, at a time when the former president is implicated in several legal cases.

Feeling that this new politico-cultural meeting raised strong questions, the management of the theater was already planning, last week, to“expand the selection to personalities from other fields (societal, gastronomy, sport, etc.)”. Beyond Nicolas Sarkozy, no other name was given as to the next guests. Finally, barely created, “A little, a lot, passionately” turns into “not at all”.

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