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Napoleon III hints at coming war with Austria

Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, circa 1850, detail
In a diplomatic speech delivered to the assembled foreign ambassadors on New Year's Day at the Tuileries Palace in Paris, Napoleon III gave strong indications that all was not well between France and Austria over the Italian question. In a personal aside to the Austrian minister he said, "I regret that our relations with your government are not so good as they were; but I request you to tell the Emperor that my personal feelings for him have not changed." The speech caused a sensation across Europe and the nations would be at war within months. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1860 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Company, 1860), 386.


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