Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Konrad Adenauer, and the President of the French Republic, Charles de Gaulle, signed this treaty on January 22, 1963 to mark the reconciliation of the two countries after World War II. The official website marking the fiftieth anniversary of the agreement includes digital copies of the original text in French and in German.
An English translation of the Joint Declaration that preceded the text of the Élysée Treaty:
"Convinced that the reconciliation of the German people and the French people, ending a centuries-old rivalry, constitutes an historic event which profoundly transforms the relations between the two peoples,
Aware of the solidarity uniting the two peoples, as much from the point of view of their security as from the point of view of their economic and cultural development,
Noting in particular that youth has recognised this solidarity and is called upon to play a decisive role in the consolidation of Franco-German friendship,
Recognising that a reinforcing of cooperation between the two countries constitutes an indispensable stage on the way to a united Europe, which is the aim of the two peoples:
Have given their agreement to the organisation and principles of cooperation between the
two States such as they are set out in the Treaty signed this day."