The Élysée Treaty: De Gaulle and Adenauer’s ulterior motives

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The agreement, signed in 1963 between France and Germany, turns 60 this Sunday. It was partly a game of fools between the two men, each pursuing their governmental reasons.




through Emmanuel Berretta

A commemorative plaque depicts Charles de Gaulle and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer at the signing of the Franco-German Treaty at the Elysee Palace, January 22, 1963, in front of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Berlin, Germany.
A commemorative plaque depicts Charles de Gaulle and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer during the signing of the Franco-German Treaty at the Élysée, January 22, 1963, in front of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Berlin, Germany.
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p60 years have passed since Chancellor Adenauer and General de Gaulle signed the Élysée Treaty, an official reconciliation between the two countries. An anniversary that President Macron and Chancellor Scholz will celebrate this Sunday morning, January 22, at the Sorbonne with commemorative speeches.

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