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Estrosi and Lisnard offer full support after Genoa bridge collapse

In light of the recent collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Cannes and Nice Mayors David Lisnard and Christian Estrosi have issued statements offering the Italian government and the Liguria region all their emotional and material support.

© FacebookFollowing last Tuesday’s catastrophe involving the collapse of a 200-metre section of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, where around dozens of vehicles fell over 45 metres, the current death toll is 39 to which are added 16 people in serious condition. The bridge, built in 1967, had already been subject to renovation and restructuration works back in 2016.

The cause of this deadly collapse still remains unclear, but a number of explanations have been offered by specialists. While some believe the heavy traffic might have caused it (the bridge is used by around 25 million vehicles every year), others consider that the main issue was a design flaw, or that ongoing maintenance work that may have been at the origin of the catastrophe.

Following the incident, Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has declared: “in the name of every Nicois, I express our full support to the city of Genoa and to the Italian population”. Estrosi also added that the city hospitals are ready to receive and to take care of the wounded if necessary. 

The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region will make any material reinforcement available to the city of Genoa and to the Liguria region.Estrosi was joined by Cannes Mayor David Lisnard in his initiative of offering Italy material help. In addition, the city of Cannes, where a certain number of Italian citizens live, have flown their flags half-mast all Wednesday.

Leïla Zemirli