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France, Germany celebrate Treaty of Elysée

Today marks the 55th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Elysée between France and Germany. Known also as the Treaty of Friendship or the Treaty of Franco-German Cooperation, it was signed at the Elysée Palace in Paris by the then German Chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, and the French President, Charles de Gaulle, on January 22, 1963. It came 18 years after the two nations had been bitter enemies in World War II. With the signing of the treaty, France and Germany established a new foundation for relations that ended centuries of rivalry between them. It had also become a key building block in the post-war friendship between France and Germany that had become a central feature of European…