Duke FRANÇOIS II of Lorraine (1625-32), *27.2.1572, +14.10.1632; m.1597 Dss Christine von Salm (*1575 +31.12.1627); they had issue: NOTE: Because of his marriage to the daughter of the last Habsburg emperor, he became the Austrian candidate for the emperor's throne; he had already renounced the duchies of Lorraine and Bar in 1736 as part of an international treaty aimed at keeping the balance of power; in return, he succeeded in 1737 as Grand Duke of Tuscany; after the Austrian and Hungarian troops fended off the French and Bavarians [the Prussians were satisfied with taking Silesia], Francis was crowned as Emperor Franz I Stefan in 1745.
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