The Franco-German Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation, or the Elysée Treaty for short, has been the foundation of Germany’s friendship with our western neighbor for 55 years since the signing on January 22, 1963. The treaty brought about a fundamental reorganization of Franco-German relations, regular consultations and much more. There is no other state with which Germany maintains such a strongly institutionalized partnership. A little known fact is that Chancellor Adenauer’s delegation forgot to bring the usual German paper to President de Gaulle in Paris for the signing. This is why the German version of the treaty is written on French paper. Moreover, a seal was specifically made for the Chancellor, who sealed documents with his coat of arms, as was usual at the time.