Crisis in the french monarchy

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  • A new chancellor of finance was chosen, his name being Charles Alexandre de Calonne. Callone proposed to lower taxes and regain the money they are in debt. The taxes were lowered however the lowering of one's taxes called for new costly taxes.
  • Your taxation is too hard on the lower class
  • I like this guy's ideas
  • What Are you trying to do here?
  • Charles de Colonne's policies meant the country's financial problems were not solved. Calonne was later dismissed and replaced with Lomenie de Brienne. Just like Calonne, Brienne tried to appealed to Aristocrats in the Parlement of Paris and in the Clergy in the Assembly of the Clergy. In both instance, both parties said that only the Estate General could impose a tax, and want the Estate General to be called into session, which would restore the privilege, the aristocrats once had back in the early 17th Century.
  • So, why not just lower the taxes?
  • You need to call the estates general to do that. *sigh*
  • I don't like this.
  • The estate general was called by Louis the Sixteenth, in July 1789
  • Bring Me the estates general!
  • Let's get him!
  • The First and Second Estate were hungry for power and to make the third estate weaker, the aristocracy made two moves to limit the influence of the third estate by demanding equal amount of representatives of each estate. Second was on September 1788 the parliament of Paris ruled that voting estates general should be conducted by order tan by head. Thus,weakening the third estate.
  • You have lost your political power, get out of here!
  • The Cahiers de doleances was a list of grievances registered by local electors, to be presented to the king. The list consisted of various criticisms over the government, taxes, and concerns over equality. The argued over mostly government and taxes and how they thought the government and taxes were flawed. This lead to the Third Estate to refuse to vote in the Estate General because they could no longer have any reform done.
  • My word! I think you are on to something!
  • I have a devious idea. What if we were to refuse to vote?
  • With France's Financial System in ruins, Louis had to call the Estate General for the first time in over the 100 years. This lead to nobles and the clergy to use the Estate General for their own gain. This would cause a series of event that would form the National Assembly
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