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The primary reason King Louis XVI was executed in 1793 because of treason to France. Other reasons King Louis XVI was executed in 1793 were because his wife’s and his unpopularity and Robespierre’s influence.The primary reason King Louis XVI was executed in 1793 was due to his treason to France. This was why he was mainly executed because hatred flared in the French, leading them to radical responses, like murder. King Louis XVI tried to flee to Varennes, Austria because he was frightened due to the radical measures that the revolution was getting to. Someone recognized him from looking at a coin that had his face on it, then he was imprisoned until further investigation. When it was investigated, they found letters that King Louis XVI and Austria were writing to each other. In these letters King Louis XVI revealed his plan to come back with Austrian soldiers to defeat the revolution. The French were offended by the attempts at treason and decided to make him pay the ultimate price of death.