Franco-German Week in Addis Abeba

On 22 January 1963, the President of the French Republic, General de Gaulle, and the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Konrad Adenauer, signed the Elysée Treaty. The reconciliation of the French and German peoples, officially launched by this Treaty, ended a centuries-old hostility and constituted a historic event for both peoples but also for Europe and the world. The established cooperation and trust have paved the way to building a united and peaceful Europe which was recognized by the Peace Nobel Prize 2012.

In the framework of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, the embassies of French Republic and Federal Republic of Germany in Addis Ababa have committed to organize a programme of events focusing on the theme of reconciliation.

On Monday, 11 March 2013 , a colloquium entitled :“Reconciliation for a Sustainable Peace. The Franco-German Experience : A Source of Inspiration for Africa ?”.

The colloquium will be jointly hosted in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the Fondation Jean Jaurès in the new building of the African Union in Addis Ababa.

This event consists of three parallel workshops in the morning and a plenary conference at 5 p.m., followed by the inauguration of the Photo Exhibition “50 Years of the Elysée Treaty” and a reception.

See the programme of the colloquium :

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Colloquium reconciliation
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On Wednesday 13 March, Airbus and Ethiopian Airlines will organise a one day-event entitled : “The Little Engineer” : this workshop is organised for the children from Ethiopian, German and French Schools of Addis Ababa, and will give them the opportunity to imagine the plane of their dreams.

In the evening, a reception will be hosted by Airbus and Ethiopian Airlines, in cooperation with our embassies. During this reception, the African market of aeronautics will be presented.

Some others cultural events will take place during the week, both at the Goethe institute and the Ethio-French Alliance. The movie, “Merry Christmas” from Christian Carion (in French with English subtitles) will be shown at the Ethio-French Alliance on Wednesday 15th of March. Based on a true story, this movie tells the story of some German and French soldiers who, fraternise on Christmas Eve, during the World War I.

For further information please contact :

Messaye Fetene

Press Attaché
Embasssy of France

Tel : (+251-11).140 10 25
Mail :

Isabel Werle

First Secretary for Political and Press Affairs
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Tel : (+251-11) 123-5139 ext 114

Dernière modification : 06/05/2019

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