German Ambassador Anke Reiffenstuel and French Ambassador Michèle Boccoz PHOTOS FROM GERMANY AND FRANCE EMBASSIES
German Ambassador Anke Reiffenstuel and French Ambassador Michèle Boccoz PHOTOS FROM GERMANY AND FRANCE EMBASSIES

A day before the annual Franco- German Day on January 22, French Ambassador Michèle Boccoz and German Ambassador Anke Reiffenstuel held a dialogue with the teachers and students of the Lycée Français de Manille (LFM) and the German European School.

Through the virtual meeting, the two Ambassadors were able to look back on the shared history of France and Germany — the two countries that put an end to decades of rivalry and chose reconciliation through the signing of the Elysée Treaty in 1963. They reiterate the importance of Franco-German cooperation and joint actions globally, in Europe, and in the Philippines.

"As EU citizens, our #Eurocampus students have a key role to play in continuing the Franco-German cooperation," said Ambassador Boccoz.

It was on January 22, 1963 that French President Charles de Gaulle and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer signed the Élysée Treaty, formalizing reconciliation and solidarity between the two nations after World War 2.

The Aachen Treaty of 2019 further strengthened this bond for the future, providing a framework for joint Franco-German actions in Europe and the world. For the good of all, France and Germany are committed to a values-based, multilateral order.

In a virtual meeting, the two Ambassadors reiterated the importance of Franco-German cooperation and joint actions globally, including the Philippines.
In a virtual meeting, the two Ambassadors reiterated the importance of Franco-German cooperation and joint actions globally, including the Philippines.

In the Philippines, the Franco-German friendship forms the foundation of cooperation in several areas:

Calling for the protection of human rights defenders. The French and German embassies have jointly awarded the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law to three Filipina human rights defenders, symbolizing the shared commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights and the rule of law.

Preparing the youth to become global citizens. Since 1992, the Eurocampus in Parañaque City has been home to both the Lycée Français de Manille (French School Manila) and German European School Manila — a symbol of the Franco-German friendship in the Philippines and a shared space of learning and exchanges for the French, German, and Filipino youth.

Supporting a rules-based Indo-Pacific. France and Germany, in line with the EU Indo-Pacific Strategy, are committed to ensuring a rules-based Indo-Pacific zone, and express their full support for dialogue between stakeholders on the basis of international law.

"Both countries act together to overcome challenges in Europe and the world. For the good of all, [we] are committed to a values-based, multilateral order. The close exchange shows: Friendship knows no borders," said Ambassador Reiffenstuel.