Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Turner Sends Condolences to Houston’s Sister City Nice
City Hall to be Lit in Colors of French Flag

July 15, 2016 -- “On behalf of all Houstonians, I want to send my condolences to our sister city of Nice. We are deeply saddened to learn of the brutal terrorist attack on Bastille Day that has claimed 84 lives, including two Americans.  We mourn for those lost, and send our thoughts and prayers to the people of Nice during this difficult time.  To show our solidarity with France and our sister city, Houston City Hall will be lit in the colors of the French flag this weekend.”

Houston and Nice have been sister cities since 1973.  It was the fourth sister city to be established.  Of the 18 sister cities, only Taipei, Taiwan; Huelva, Spain and Chiba, Japan can claim longer relationships with Houston.

The sister cities concept was launched in 1956 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed linking American cities with cities in other countries to exchange people, ideas and cultures.  President Eisenhower’s goal was to involve individuals at all levels of U.S. society in citizen diplomacy in the hope that these people-to-people relations would lessen the chance of future world conflicts.

In Houston, the official city-to-city relationships are supported by the Mayor’s Office and volunteer associations to promote people-to-people diplomacy and encourage citizens to develop mutual trust and understanding through commercial, cultural, educational, and humanitarian exchanges and interactions.