The Estates General meet to solve the Financial Crisis. They would vote by order to figure out what they wanted to do, typically the third estate was always voted out. These events never favored real democracy.
March on Versailles
The Third Estate has enough and meets in a tennis court and takes a pledge to France and creates the National Assembly and eventually will make the constitution of 1791. This was the French people's first real attempt at proper democracy.
The Reign of Terror
Il s'en va avec sa tête !
Non! S'il vous plaît!
The French people on July 14, 1789, storm a massive prison called the Bastille. They wanted weapons to aid them in a revolution. Although a little extreme, this started to show how the French people were fed up with an absolute monarchy and wanted a democracy.
The Rise of Napoleon
Viva La France!
Women march on the palace to demand that Louis moves to Paris, and demand that he solve the bread problem and promise that he'll fix the famine. Oddly enough, the French people still wanted to keep a king around, they simply wanted to limit his power. This was a mistake on the part of the French people. A king will never properly surrender his power.
Sortez Louis, on sait que tu es là !
Robespierre rallies the support of the French people and drags the king and queen to the guillotine and kills them in the name of the new republic. This was a far, far step from a democracy. Robespierre started a bloody reign of terror and kept the people in line with fear. All in the name of the revolution.
Napoleon becomes the first French emperor and takes control of the military first, leading his army in great conquest and military success. He creates many reforms to the people. The French had finally come full circle, they reinstated someone into power who controlled everything. Napoleon was a fair and just leader, but the French people would have a lot to learn by the time his conquests were finished.
La France ne restera plus les bras croisés et regardera sa terre brûler et ses gens meurent, car je suis l'empereur Napoléon.