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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 92 pages of information about History of France.

5.  The Franco-German War.—­In 1870 the Spaniards, who had deposed their queen, Isabel II., made choice of a relation of the King of Prussia as their king.  There had long been bitter jealousy between France and Prussia, and, though the prince refused the offer of Spain, the French showed such an overbearing spirit that a war broke out.  The real desire of France was to obtain the much-coveted frontier of the Rhine, and the Emperor heated their armies with boastful proclamations which were but the prelude to direful defeats, at Weissenburg, Woerth, and Forbach.  At Sedan, the Emperor was forced to surrender himself as a prisoner, and the tidings no sooner arrived at Paris than the whole of the people turned their wrath on him and his family.  His wife, the Empress Eugenie, had to flee, a republic was declared, and the city prepared to stand a siege.  The Germans advanced, and put down all resistance in other parts of France.  Great part of the army had been made prisoners, and, though there was much bravado, there was little steadiness or courage left among those who now took up arms.  Paris, which was blockaded, after suffering much from famine, surrendered in February, 1871; and peace was purchased in a treaty by which great part of Elsass and Lorraine, and the city of Metz, were given back to Germany.

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