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Why did France make an alliance with the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont in the 1850's?

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It is clear why Cavour wanted the alliance, but what benefits would France have from allying itself to a relatively weak (as far as I know) kingdom?

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Because with Sardinia-Piedmont comes the House of Savoy, a powerful political and trade dynasty with far-reaching influence throughout Europe.

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In return for its support to Piedmont-Sardinia, France received a significant amount of territory: the province of Savoy and the county of Nice.


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Why did France make an alliance with the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont in the 1850's?

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It is clear why Cavour wanted the alliance, but what benefits would France have from allying itself to a relatively weak (as far as I know) kingdom?


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Because with Sardinia-Piedmont comes the House of Savoy, a powerful political and trade dynasty with far-reaching influence throughout Europe.

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I am not sure that this is the right answer. Savoy was actually a minor power and Napoleon III apparently did not care not very much for dynastic considerations (he married for love). My comments to OP point at a more likelier explanation, imho. - Felix Goldberg Feb 22 at 22:17

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