Franco German Year [fr]
The Elysée Treaty, signed by Adenauer and de Gaulle in Paris in 1963, was the basis of reconciliation between Germany and France. The friendship treaty provided for regular meetings between Cabinet Ministers from the two countries, a practice which was further institutionalized in the decades that followed. Franco-German cooperation has since become a key pillar of German foreign policy, and a driving force behind European integration. From the very beginning, cooperation also focused on meetings between individuals from France and Germany – the aim was reconciliation not just between governments but also between members of society. Town twinning schemes and youth exchanges are just two examples of the successful and enduring projects adopted to cement the Franco-German friendship
Franco-German Year : the 50th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty” (September 2012 – July 2013)
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty, also known as the Treaty of Friendship, a whole year of events awaits. A lot are being organized on both sides of the Rhine from September 2012 until July 2013.
The Franco-German relationship, bedrock of the European construction, was marked by the visit of General de Gaulle to Germany (GDR) from the 4th to the 9th of September of 1962.
This historic visit was commemorated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande on September 22, 2012.
This encounter launched the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty, which will be celebrated from September 2012 to July 2013. Various events are being organized on both sides of the Rhine.
To learn more about the 50th anniversary, visit the bilingual Franco-German website: www.50ans.france-allemagne.fr which was launched on September 21, 2012 after the meeting of Ludwigsburg.