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Élysée Treaty at 50

French Ambassador Gourdault-Montagne visits LMU

Munich, 10/17/2012

On the occasion of his forthcoming visit to LMU, the French Republic’s Ambassador to Germany, Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, will present a lecture on “The Franco-German Relationship and Europe” at the Geschwister-Scholl Institute of Political Sciences.

The lecture, which will be given in German, takes place at 4.30 pm on Wednesday, 24 October 2012, in the Great Aula (Große Aula), Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 Munich.

The visit forms part of the Franco-German Year, a series of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty. Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and French President Charles de Gaulle signed the Treaty of Franco-German Friendship in the Élysée Palace in Paris on 22 January 1963. By the terms of the Treaty the two sides agreed to set up a system of bilateral consultations with a view to coordinating foreign and defense policy, to intensify student exchange and cultural cooperation, and to hold regular meetings at government level. The treaty inaugurated a new era in Franco-German relations, which have since blossomed into a unique partnership.

In his lecture Ambassador Gourdault-Montagne will highlight ways in which Franco-German cooperation can contribute to the solution of the current economic and financial crisis, and discuss how further progress towards economic and political union might be achieved.

Maurice Gourdault-Montagne was born in 1953. After completing his studies in German and Oriental Languages (Hindi and Urdu), he went on to obtain degrees in Political Sciences and Law. He began his career in the Asia and Oceania Section of the French Foreign Ministry, and held diplomatic posts in New Delhi and in Bonn. He later acted as Chief Advisor to French Prime Minister Alain Juppé and as Foreign Affairs Advisor to French President Jacques Chirac. He served as French Ambassador to Japan and to the United Kingdom, before taking up his present position as French Ambassador in Berlin on 4 March 2011.

For organizational reasons, those who plan to attend the lecture are requested to register by sending an E-mail (Ref.: “Vortrag Botschafter Gourdault-Montagne: Teilnahme”) to visitors.international@lmu.de.

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