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Bloody souvenir 'not from decapitated French King Louis XVI'

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Two centuries after the French people beheaded King Louis XVI and dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood, DNA analysis has thrown new doubt on the authenticity of one such rag kept as a morbid souvenir. 

A picture taken on October 7, 2010 shows the memorial built in 1830 to King Louis XVI (left) and Queen Marie-Antoinette in the Basilica of Saint-Denis, outside Paris

The contents of an ornately-decorated gourd alleged to hold traces of the king's dried blood has long been the subject of scientific disagreement, with tests throwing up contradictory results.

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