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Emperor of Austria responds to French Emperor as relations worsen over Italy

Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, circa 1855, detail
01/04/1859
In response to Napoleon III's speech in Paris on New Year's Day, Emperor Franz-Joseph of Austria told the French ambassador in Vienna that he had the profoundest personal esteem for the French Emperor, "notwithstanding the dissidence occasioned by political necessities." This was seen in Europe as Austrian determination over the Italian issue that was dividing the two empires. War began 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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