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Statement 1: In 1870, the Franco-Prussian war broke out. The immediate cause of this war was atmosphere following the withdrawal of the candidacy of Prince Leopold of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen for the Spanish throne.

Statement 2: The Prussian King, William I, refused to bow to French diplomatic pressure in the future. 
  1. Both statements are correct.
  2. Statement 1 is incorrect but statement 2 is correct.
  3. Statement 1 is correct but statement 2 is incorrect.
  4. Both statements are incorrect.


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The correct option is A Both statements are correct.
Immediately following the withdrawal of Prince Leopold, the French ambassador to Prussia, Count Vincent Benedetti, approached King William I to request an assurance that no member of his family would again be a candidate for the Spanish throne. William I did not agree. When Otto von Bismarck, the Prussian Chancellor, was informed through a telegram of this conversation, he chose to edit the telegram and publish it making it seem like a major altercation. This incited conditions for the breakout of the Franco-Prussian war. 

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