chapter  5
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The Alliance with France, 1856–59

RELATIONS W ITH NAPOLEON III IN 1856 AND 1857

In forging the alliance with France in 1858 Cavour’s starting point was far stronger than it would have been before the Crimean War. Napoleon had written to Vittorio Emanuele on 5 February 1856, saying:

I will do everything I can to ensure that in the peace negotiations Italian interests are not forgotten: but I cannot hide from myself all the difficulties which I shall have to surmount.