Riots over bread was spreading and nobles were becoming fearful of taxes due to the financial crisis. Louis XVI called an Estates meeting at Versailles. The third estate is the majority of the population. When putting their votes in, they vote in order from first, second and third estate. This lead to the third estate to always lose.
The March of Versailles
Generals from the Third Estate who had property could vote to solve financial crisis and reforms in May 1789. The Third Estate took a step and called themselves the National Assembly and did their meeting in an indoor tennis court. After a while, it turned into a constitutional monarchy in 1791. They pledged to never separate.This contributed to democracy.
The Reign of Terror
He did it! Not me!
False accusations were very common!
On July 14th, 1789, rumors says that royal troops were going to occupy the capital. Parisians assembled outside a fortress used as a prison. Then, the commander opened fire on the crowd and the mob broke in. This revolution contributed to democracy by showing that they're tired of monarchy.
The Rise of Napoleon
I am the emperor!
Thousands of women marched 13 miles from Paris to Versailles, shouting "bread!" and demanding to see the king. Marie Antoinette was the main reason why these women were angry. She lived a great life while the peasants didn't. They refused to leave Versailles until the king promised to meet their demands. This contributed to the idea of democracy.
The convention in September 1792 voted to aboilish monarchy and established a republic. Robespierre was a chief architect. Many people were arrested during this time and the engine of this terror was the guillotine. This contributed to democracy because Robespierre believed it was necessary to achieve goals of revolution.
Napoleon was sent to France at age 9 for military success but was eager to make his name big at the age of 20. He crowned himself emperor of the French. He reformed France and strengthening the central government. Napoleon did not contribute to democracy because he still held absolute power, but it is called democratic despotism.