France invades Netherlands unsuccessfullyMarquain, Belgium
The French authorities became concerned about the agitation of émigré nobles abroad, especially in the Austrian Netherlands and in the minor states of Germany. In the end, France declared war on Austria first, with the Assembly voting for war on 20 April 1792. The newly appointed foreign minister Charles François Dumouriez prepared an invasion of the Austrian Netherlands, where he expected the local population to rise against Austrian rule. However, the revolution had thoroughly disorganized the French army, which had insufficient forces for the invasion. Its soldiers fled at the first sign of battle(Battle of Marquain), deserting en masse, in one case murdering General Théobald Dillon.