City Partnership Paris
The agreement on friendship and cooperation between Paris and Berlin was signed on 2 July 1987 as part of Berlin’s 750th anniversary celebration. As a special tribute to Berlin’s history, one leg of the Tour de France in the summer of 1987 took place in Berlin, and Jacques Chirac, then the mayor of Paris, came to Berlin for the race.
The two cities based their new partnership on the desire to strengthen the long-standing historical ties between them and enhance their relationship in the spirit of Franco-German friendship and European identity.
Along with traditional administrative cooperation in areas like environmental protection, urban development, and internal security, our cooperation is concentrated on youth projects, very active cultural exchange in a wide range of genres, and projects related to climate protection, integration, and infrastructure. Key partners in carrying out the youth projects are the Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk (Franco-German Youth Office) and Centre Français de Berlin.
Since 2009, Franco-German theater projects for children – such as “Der Gesang des Hades/Le chant à Hadès” (The Song of Hades) – have been carried out regularly under the auspices of the Centre Francais de Berlin. These plays are performed by schoolchildren aged 10 to 14 and are rehearsed and professionally supervised (both artistically and linguistically) at the Centre.
Active exchanges are also ongoing in the creative industries/design fields. One noteworthy example is the “Quick Change” project. It involves a number of fashion workshops hosted jointly by the fashion schools Esmod in Berlin and Institut Français de la Mode in Paris under the working title of “Keep on walking.” The first workshop on clothing has already been held in Paris with 14 German and French fashion design students.
Our exchanges now include another important component: bilateral training projects for, for instance, young pastry chefs and for new professions related to renewable energy.