Videos


Polls

  • What do you expect to come from the general election?
  • show result

    all polls


austriantimes_add_lleft

French minister apologises for 200-year-old beheading

 The French Foreign Minister apologized to Austria on Thursday for the execution of the Austrian Queen of France Marie-Antoinette - which occurred some 215 years ago.

Minister Bernard Kouchner's belated apology was made in response to a comment made by Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik at a press conference in Vienna. Whilst praising the France's creation of the Mediterranean Union (Sarkozy's consolation to Turkey for not joining the EU) last week in Paris, Plassnik referred to Marie-Antoinette's beheading, adding, "even though a certain Austrian was killed there two centuries ago."

To which an embarrassed Kouncher said, "I am sorry."

Marie-Antoinette, a member of the Austrian Habsburg-Lothringen noble family, was the wife of French King Louis XVI and was beheaded during the French Revolution.

The Austrian was put to the Guillotine on 16 October 1793 aged 37.

Austrian Times

printbutton print this article

' '

Latest News

 

Governor Trapps herself on television
Salzburg Governor Gabi Burgstaller embarrassed herself in front of television cameras by greeting a woman she mistakenly thought was Maria von Trapp.

Unemployment falls for 29th month
Austria continued to buck international economic trends in July as unemployment fell for the 29th month in a row.

Josef Fritzl to receive slave-master charge
Austrian legal experts say prosecutors are exploring charging Josef Fritzl with slavery for locking his daughter away in a cellar dungeon for 24 years.

Lower Austria nuclear leak contained
No radioactivity was released into the environment by a plutonium leak at an International Atomic Energy Agency just south of Vienna, the agency said.

Red cross suffers from lack of blood but British blood still not accepted
Austria's Red Cross which is responsible for handling blood donations in the country has appealed for more people to donate blood.

Party office was broken in for the 4th time in 10 days
Burglars have broken into the Communist party offices in the Styrian city of Kapfenberg for the fourth time in ten days.

Greens fighter for the disabled leaves election campaign
Theresia Haidlmayr, the Greens spokeswoman for the disabled, has said she won't take part in the general election in autumn.

Emergency landing at VIA leaves passengers shocked but unharmed
An Iberia plane flying from Vienna to Madrid had to return to Vienna International Airport to perform an emergency landing after an engine failed.

Hickersberger heading to Africa
Former Austrian national football team coach Josef Hickersberger is the favourite to become coach of the Ghana team.

Schönbrunn Zoo celebrates year of the amphibians on Sunday
Eye of newt and toe of frog as Shakespeare would say will take centre stage this weekend at the world's oldest zoo.

 


The most popular stories –
last 7 days






2008 – Website by KSH Systemsfairnetzt designed