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Amb. Delattre Visits Midwest to Discuss Elysée Treaty at 50

Amb. Delattre Visits Midwest to Discuss Elysée Treaty at 50

Published on February 19, 2013
Speaking Engagements Shed Light on Franco-German Peace, Modern Relations

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As part of continued celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, Ambassador of France to the United States, François Delattre, traveled through the American Midwest for speaking engagements alongside his German counterpart, Ambassador Peter Ammon.

On February 7, Ambs. Delattre and Ammon spoke at the Iowa State University in an event titled "Fifty Years of Franco-German Friendship."

On February 8, both Ambassadors traveled to Chicago for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, whose organizers hosted a public luncheon in honor of both high officials. The event included a moderated discussion in which both men assessed the current state of Franco-German relations and the economic perspective of the eurozone.

Additionally, each Ambassador shared his views on contemporary issues such as trade and investment, transatlantic cooperation, and the role of the Franco-German "engine" for European prosperity and peace.

Signed in 1963, the Elysée Treaty formalized peaceful Franco-German relations after World War II. The landmark text affirmed both countries’ willingness to ensure greater European stability through increased bilateral cooperation and coordination of key policy decisions.

The two speakers were well qualified to address topics of international cooperation, with both Amb. Delattre and Amb. Ammon having served in diplomatic missions in each other’s home country.

In 2012, the European Union received the Nobel Prize for Peace, in which the post-World War II relationship between France and Germany acted as a central stabilizing force for broader peace in Europe.

The Ambassadors’ public appearances make up part of the program for the "Franco-German Year" 2013, in which the success of the bilateral relationship will be promoted and explained around the world.

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