For 67 years,
a message from Nazi-occupied France remained hidden in a secret drawer
of a desk that belonged to France's 18th-century King Louis XV.
Restorers at the Chateau of Versailles recently discovered the letter,
written by a World War II-era colleague who last restored the
The letter, released Tuesday by the chateau, details restoration work on
the desk during the war. The restorer says he wrote the note after he
finished the work -- just as Paris was being liberated from the Nazis in
The letter was found in one of the desk's many small drawers, which can
be opened only by a complex mechanical system of secret buttons and
locks, considered cutting-edge in its day.
AP photo by Christian Milet, Chateau de