London, May 21 (ANI): "Declaration to all the French", the final testament written by Louis XVI shortly before his execution, has been recovered more than two centuries after it disappeared during the French Revolution.
The king wrote the testament the day before fleeing Paris in 1791.
Louis along with Marie-Antoinettte tried to reach the royalist fortress town of Montmédy on the northeastern border of France, however, while on the way, he was arrested at Varennes-en-Argonne. Later, he was brought back to the French capital, reports The Telegraph.
The royal couple was imprisoned. During the trial, prosecutors cited the declaration as proof that he wanted to "plunge France into the horrors of civil war".
He was found guilty of treason and guillotined in 1793.
In the text, Louis accused revolutionary lawmakers of attacking the "dignity of the French Crown" and defended the king's right to an absolute veto.
"French people and above all Parisians... return to your king. He will always be your father, your best friend," he writes.
The testament will be on public display by the end of the month at Paris' Museum of Letters and Manuscripts. (ANI)