August 12th

NOTICE

Diplomatic relations between France and Austria being broken off, the French Government have requested His Majesty’s Government to communicate to the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador in London the following Declaration:-

Après avoir déclare la guerre a Serbie et pris ainsi la première initiative des hostilités en Europe, le Gouvernement austro-hongrois s’est mis, sans aucune provocation du Gouvernement de la République Française, en état de guerre avec la France;

1o – Après que l’Allemagne avait successivement déclare la guerre à la Russie et à la France, il est intervenu dans ce conflit en déclarant la guerre à la Russie qui combattait déjà aux cotes de la France.

2o – D’après de nombreuses informations dignes de foi, l’Autriche a envoyé des troupes sur la frontière allemande, dans des conditions qui constituent une menace directe à l’égard de la France.

En présence de cet ensemble de faits, le Gouvernement français se voit oblige de déclarer au Gouvernement austro-hongrois qu’il va prendre toutes les mesures qui lui permettront de répondre a ces actes et a ces menaces.

In communicating this Declaration accordingly to the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador, His Majesty’s Government have declared to His Excellency that the rupture with France having been brought about in this way, they feel themselves obliged to announce that a state of war exists between Great Britain and Austria-Hungary as from midnight.

Foreign Office

August 12th, 1914

Published in the London Gazette August 14th, 1914

Translation of French text:-

Having declared war on Serbia and taken the first hostile initiative in Europe, the Austro-Hungarian Government, without any provocation by the French Government is at war with France.

1st After Germany successively declared war on Russia and France she has intervened in this conflict by declaring war on Russia who is already fighting by France’s side.

2nd According to reliable information, Austria has sent her troops to the German border which constitutes a direct threat to France.

In the light of these facts, the French Government sees itself forced to declare to the Austro-Hungarian Government that she will take all proper measures to respond to these acts and threats.

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