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Franco-Prussian War war in 1870-1871 lost by France to the German states under the leadership of Prussia The underlying causes of the conflict were the determination of the Prussian statesman Prince Otto Edward Leopold von Bismarck to unify Germany under Prussian control and as a step toward this goal to eliminate French influence over Germany On the other hand Napoleon III emperor of France from 1852 to 1870 sought to regain both in France and abroad the prestige lost as a result of numerous diplomatic reverses particularly those suffered at the hands of Prussia in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 In addition the military strength of Prussia as revealed in the war with Austria constituted a threat to French dominance on the continent of Europe The event directly precipitating the Franco-Prussian War was the candidacy of Leopold prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen for the throne of Spain rendered vacant by the Spanish revolution of 1868 Leopold had accepted the candidacy under persuasion from Bismarck The French government alarmed at the possibility of a Prusso-Spanish alliance resulting from the occupancy of the Spanish throne by a member of the Hohenzollern dynastic family threatened Prussia with war if Leopolds candidacy was not withdrawn The French ambassador to the Prussian court Comte Vincente Benedetti was dispatched to Ems a spa in northwestern Germany being visited by William I king of Prussia Benedetti had been instructed to demand that the Prussian monarch order Prince Leopold to withdraw his candidacy William although angered gave Benedetti permission to communicate directly with Leopold by telegraph Leopold could not be reached but his father Prince Charles Anthony wired a retraction of the candidacy in the name of his son The government of Napoleon III still not content was determined to humiliate Prussia even at the cost of war Antoine Agnor Alfred duc de Gramont the French foreign minister demanded that William submit a personal letter of apology to Napoleon III and a guarantee that
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