January 22, 1963 was the birth of the German-French partnership. On this day, Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and French President Charles de Gaulle signed the Treaty on Franco-German Cooperation (a.k.a. the Élysée Treaty) in the Élysée Palace in Paris, France.
German-French Friendship Day is celebrated annually on January 22nd. This remembrance day was established in 2003, 40 years after the signing of the Élysée Treaty. Today, on the 55th anniversary, we celebrate the strength, depth and expansion of the German-French friendship.