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From rivals to partners, from partners to friends. Germany and France united in friendship. With the signing of the Elysée Treaty on the 22nd of January 1963 a new chapter in German-French relations began. The beginning of an era of trust and friendly cooperation. 56 years later, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, together with German foreign minister Heiko Maas and his French colleague Jean-Yves Le Drian, opened the next chapter in Franco-German relations.