Giant steps into the future
20,000 people gathered in the interior courtyard at Ludwigsburg Residential Palace. They had all come to hear a speech being given by the French president. After a tour through the city in an open car, Charles de Gaulle arrived at the palace. From a raised stage directly below the balcony of the new central building, he gave his speech. Only four months after this speech, de Gaulle and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer met in Paris to sign the Élysée Treaty, a German-French treaty of friendship.