70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, 9 May 1950

The press conference

On 9 May 1950, the Salon de l’Horloge in the French Foreign Ministry building on Quai d’Orsay in Paris was transformed into a press room. At 18.00, Schuman gave his speech, which had been through nine drafts. As the press had been informed only at the last minute, very few journalists were in attendance.

No photographer covered the event, and no radio or television reporters were present. As a result, Schuman was forced to record his declaration a second time for posterity.