Charlemagne Prize 2023
Who is awarded the Prize?
Charlemagne Youth Prize
François Seydoux de Clausonne 1970
Charlemagne Prize Laureate 1970 François Seydoux de Clausonne
Born on 15th February 1905 as the son of a French diplomat in Berlin.
Studied Philosophy and Law at the Sorbonne and the Ecole des Sciences Politiques in Paris.
In 1928 he entered the diplomatic service of the French Foreign Ministry. After a period as Secretary at the French Embassy in Berlin (1933–1936) he held the position of Director of the German Department at the Foreign Ministry in Paris from 1936 to 1941. In 1942 he joined the Resistance. From 1949 to 1955 he was Head of the European Department in the French Foreign Ministry. Afterwards he was the Ambassador in Vienna (1956–1958) and twice the Ambassador in the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn (1958–1962 and 1965–1970); he played an active role in the conclusion of the German–French friendship treaty which was signed in 1963.
Died on 30th August 1981.
Laudation (extract) by Hans-Dietrich Genscher
Speech (extract) by François Seydoux de Clausonne
Photo François Seydoux de Clausonne
François Seydoux de Clausonne