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  • We are rich.
  • We are also rich.
  • There was a time when France was ruled by a weak leader, King Louis XVI. Despite the difficult economic times that his country was experiencing, he and his wife overspent on their palace in Versailles as well as luxuries mostly for his wife.
  • We are not rich.
  • He lived in a luxurious lifestyle alongside the rest of the first estate, which was mostly made up of the clergy. Despite their great wealth, neither they or the second estate paid any of the nation's taxes.
  • We are mad because we are not rich.
  • The three estates determined one's social and economic level. The first estate and the richest was made up of the clergy. The second estate was made up of nobility.
  • We are still not rich.
  • The third estate lived in constant struggle, working harder than any other estate, and yet paying all the taxes. They varied greatly in their wealth.
  • The heavy debt in France rose, causing the prices of bread to rise as well. This enraged the Parisan women so greatly, that it led to the March of Versailles. This was an event in which thousands of female citizens from the lower class marched to King Louis XVI's palace to force him and his family to return to Paris as a representation of their support.
  • The extravagant spending of the king and queen alongside the economic issues, bad harvests, and unfair social structure were all the leading causes of the revolution.
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