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France tells Austria war on Piedmont-Sardinia would mean war with France

Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, circa 1850, detail
04/26/1859
Austria had issued an emphatic demand that the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia disarm within three days or face attack. Prime Minister Cavour made the Italian reply clear to Vienna on April 26 and at the same time the French minister to Austria told the Austrian foreign minister that France would consider an Austrian strike into Piedmont as an attack upon France. Three days later, Austrian troops began crossing the Ticino and the war was on. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1859 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1860), 219-221. The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1860 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Company, 1860), 388.
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