France's second most popular tourist destination after Paris, Nice is renowned for its balmy climate and spectacular setting between the Mediterranean coast and the mountains to the north. Located just 30km away from the Italian border, the city has changed hands several times down the years and was last annexed by France in 1860, though it retains a strong Italian architectural legacy.

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci hopes Mario Balotelli proves he is a changed man and returns to international duty as he rebuilds his career at Nice.

“In some cases aren’t even directed by Isil but rather are radicalized by viewing their propaganda online.”

• Albert I garden: A green oasis in the centre of the city, which takes pride of place in the new 'green corridor' that dissects Nice.

However, after Thual had formally admitted he had made an error...

We wondered about having a race today or not. But in agreement with the state authorities, we believe that the race must go on and we shouldn’t give in to the pressure of people who would like us to change our lifestyle.

Several European countries announced Friday security measures, including the tightening of their borders with France, following the attack.

Below are the notable former players who have represented Nice in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1904. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 100 official matches for the club.

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Prime Minister Manuel Valls was booed by crowds Monday during a memorial service on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais. Some in the crowd yelled “murderer,” others shouted for him to resign before the minute’s silence, which was marked across the nation. There’s much frustration in France following the Nice attack, the third major terrorist attack in France since January 2015. Valls and French President Francois Hollande were also booed Friday during a visit to the site of the attack.

On the 85th minute a tribute to the 85 dead will be flashed on the big screen and will be repeated at every Nice home game this season.

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The day after Barack Obama won a second term as president of the United States, the blog Jezebel published a slideshow. The gallery displayed a collection of screen-capped tweets. Among them was this:

“Yes. Every time this. … It’s a good opportunity for Marine Le Pen. … Ninety percent of the people are not against any Muslims here, but the right wing will profit from this even if the people who did this are not Muslim,” he said.

Eighty-five people were killed and 307 injured on 14 July when a cargo truck ploughed into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais. The attack was the worst terror attack in France since last November’s Paris attacks.

• Promenade des Anglais: A stroll along the Promenade des Anglais is the ideal complement to a hearty meal in the old town. Perhaps the quickest way of crossing the city from east to west, from the port to the airport, is the dedicated cycle route, popular with both joggers and cyclists.

After the match the shirts will be auctioned with the money raised being donated to victims’ charities.

Shortly after scoring the winner in Nice's 2-1 defeat of Lorient on Sunday, Balotelli, 26, was sent off by referee Olivier Thual for a second bookable offence.

Nice fell into decline in the 1960s and, despite a flamboyant playing style and a sprinkling of international stars, the 1970s were barren in terms of trophies. In the 1980s Nice focused on developing players through their academy. But the Eaglets were relegated to Division 2 and languished there for three years.

Mario Balotelli's first red card in French football was rescinded on Thursday, allowing the in-form Nice striker to play in his club's Ligue 1 game against Lyon after the international break.

The city belonged successively to Provence, Savoy, Piedmont and finally France. The last change happened in 24 January 1859, when a secret treaty was agreed between the King of Sardinia and France which resulted in Nice being annexed to the French Empire. The Sardinian and French parliaments approved the treaty of annexation in June 1860 and Nice became the administrative centre of the new French department of Alpes Maritimes.

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The Nice Lawn Tennis Club organises the ATP 250 Nice Open tournament which features the best French players as well as many talented individuals from around the world. The Acropolis Exhibition Centre in Nice hosted the final of the Davis Cup between France and Australia in 1999.

The key sight - it's unmissable as you wing into Nice airport - is the glorious curve of the Bay of Angels, miles of the loveliest urban sea-front in Europe, fringed by the celebrated Promenade des Anglais. You could spend an entire trip just wandering along here. But you'll also need to see Nice old town, where the real Niçois re-colonise their city, hosting the south's finest flower market on the Cours Saleya.

Olympique Lyonnais and AS Saint-Étienne renew one of the most hostile rivalries in French football when they meet for the first time at the Parc OL in Sunday's Rhône derby.'s Ian Holyman looks at the passion behind the clash.

• Avenue Jean-Médecin: The city's main shopping street, access to this north-south commercial thoroughfare is made easy by three tram stops at Gare Thiers, Jean-Médecin and Masséna.

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During the club's successful run in the 1950s, Nice were among the first French clubs to successfully integrate internationals players into the fold. Notable players include Héctor De Bourgoing, Pancho González, Victor Nurenberg and Joaquín Valle. Valle is the club's all-time leading goalscorer and, arguably, the club's greatest player.[2]

• Museums: Nice is home to many museums and galleries. The Matisse Museum, housed in a 17th century Genoese villa; the Musée des Beaux-Arts; The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, located near Place Garibaldi. The Terra-Amata Museum of Archaeology has a fascinating collection of relics. A recent addition is the National Sport Museum that has opened as part of the facilities at the new Stade de Nice.

"Right now, you say to your wife: ‘Let’s go to a movie after Trump,’" the Republican presidential nominee said, with a pensive look. He waved his hands in and out as if he were pumping an invisible accordion. "But you won’t do that, because you’ll be so high and so excited that no movie is going to satisfy you. Okay? No movie."

Nice was first settled by the Greeks in the fifth century BC. The village soon became a busy trading post and they called it Nikaïa (after Nike, the Greek goddess of victory). The Romans later constructed the city of Cemenelum (Cimiez) at the site which came under the administrative control of Rome in 211. As a result of its location close to the border with Italy, Nice changed hands on several occasions.

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Nice took part in France's first professional championship in 1932. After the Second World War the club joined Division 2 for 1945/46. As champions, Nice quickly returned to the elite and embarked on a golden age. The team won their first league championship in 1950/51 on goal difference from LOSC Lille. They retained the title in 1952 (the first time this had been achieved), completing the double by beating FC Girondins de Bordeaux 5-3 in the French Cup final.

The club are also asking all their supporters to dress in white for the match. The players will enter the stadium with the fans asked to respect a silence during their entry and for a further minute of reflection.

Saint-Etienne striker Robert Beric - injured and out of commission for Slovenia's two World Cup qualifiers - has admitted that he probably shouldn't have played in his side's 2-0 Rhône derby loss to Olympique Lyonnais.

• Château de Nice: The most impressive vista of Nice is from the Château de Nice, the climb to which affords many beautiful views over the city. The ruined chateau stands in beautiful gardens, and the hill on which it is sited ranked second in a survey of the favourite parks of the French people, behind the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris but ahead of Lyon's Parc de la Tête-d'or.