International relations, Lyon - Frankfurt (Germany)

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World region:


City name:

Frankfurt, Europe's third largest business city

Partnership treated:
  • Cleantech,
  • Culture,
  • Economic development,
  • Entrepreneurship,
  • Good food,
  • Green spaces,
  • Life sciences,
  • Light,
  • University and research.
First year of the partnership:


International networks in common with Lyon:

Eurocities, UCLG.

The twinning of Lyon and Frankfurt (Germany) was signed in 1960, ahead of the Élysée Treaty signed in 1963. In 1986, Lyon and Frankfurt - alongside Milan, Barcelona and Rotterdam - were at the origin of the creation of the network of European cities called EUROCITIES, now with a membership of over 130 European cities. On the basis of these sound links, over recent years the two cities have reinforced their cooperation in the field of the economy.

Lyon - Frankfurt (Germany) cooperation, key dates

In 2010, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its twinning with Frankfurt, Lyon gifted the permanent lighting of the monumental central fountain of the Palmengarten. In return, a bust of the great German writer and poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, was installed in the reception hall of the Bibliothèque Municipale de la Part-Dieu in Lyon.

In 2010, a new agreement was signed between Lyon and Frankfurt about exchanges of practices with regard to policies on economic appeal on a European scale and projects for the sustainable rehabilitation and the energy efficiency improvement of buildings.

In 2012, Lyon took part in the annual cultural days of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt: an event dedicated to France and more precisely to happenings in Lyon in the context of the partnership between the two cities. On this occasion, the ADERLY (The Economic Development Agency of Lyon) organised an economic promotional operation "Invest in Lyon", mobilising over one hundred participants including numerous businesses and competitiveness clusters in the biotechnologies sector and cleantechs, Franco-German institutions, ambassadors from Lyon and also the German and French press.

In 2013, the Mayor of Frankfurt led an economic delegation to Lyon during the Biovision forum: a strong signal to encourage exchanges between the two cities in the field of Life Sciences.


Juliette Cantau

Métropole de Lyon - Economic development, employment and knowledge delegation

chargée de mission partenariats internationaux