The winter of 1788 was one of the worst France had seen in a while, wiping out crops and increasing shortages of food and causing even further inflation.
The Winter has killed our craps what are we going to do!
We can no longer afford bread, and are starving
bread price has gone up
Inflation of the cost of bread left many people in the third estate unable to afford food. Their starvation heightened tensions between the poeple and the government as well.
America's victory in their revolution and their new government inspired people in France
We have won our independence! Now we have democracy!
We could do that here in France!
Each estate in France only got 1 vote even though the 3rd estate made up 98% of the population. This angered those of the 3rd estate because it gave them virtually no say in the government.
sorry guys looks like its 2 votes V.S. 1
Sorry guys we have no more money.
France's 7 year war left them in enormous debt. Leading to France spending a whopping 50% of their budget on paying off debt.
Many french citizens in the 3rd estate were denied basic natural rights like life , liberty, and property. This angered them as they had been inspired by enlightenment thinkers like john Locke who said that they should/ could have rights.
We only own one small plot of land, a cow, and a rickety old house, unfit to live in and the government is still crushing us with taxes