Franco‑German friendship 2.0: www.elysee50.de

21.09.2012 - Press release

A new website is being launched to mark the 50th anniversary of Franco‑German reconciliation. It brings the past, present and future of the friendship between Germanyand France to the computer screen.

The anniversary website was developed on the initiative of the two Commissioners for Franco‑German cooperation, Federal Foreign Office Minister of State Michael Link and his French counterpart, Bernard Cazeneuve. Michael Link and Bernard Cazeneuve issued the following statement today (21 September):

With the single logo and open calendar on the bilingual website, we would like to give all actively involved citizens the opportunity to make visible their Franco‑German events as part of the joint anniversary. We are looking forward to all Franco‑German festivals and events, both big and small.

The website at

www.elysee50.de (German version) and

50ans.france-allemagne.fr (French version)

which offers a wide range of information, is being launched just in time for the opening event of the joint anniversary year in Ludwigsburg on 21 and 22 September 2012.

The website address is a reminder that Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer signed the friendship treaty at the Élysée Palace in Paris on 22 January 1963. The historic agreement is therefore also referred to as the Élysée Treaty.

The focal point of the website is an interactive events calendar towards which all organizers can contribute during the anniversary celebrations. The visitor can click on a rolling timeline which recalls the milestones in Franco‑German relations. Not least, the anniversary website enables visitors to download the official Franco‑German anniversary logo and use it for their own events.

The joint website in French and German was developed by the Foreign Ministries of the two countries.

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