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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

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