The king called a meeting of the estates to solve the financial crisis. They had to vote by order in their own estates. The issue was that the 3rd estate wanted equal taxing but the 1st and 2nd did not want that. This moved them farther from democracy.
The March on Versailles
We want bread!
The members of the 3rd estate locked themselves in the kings tennis court and pledged to stick together until a constitution is made. They called themselves the National Assembly and eventually got a constitution in 1791. The people stuck together and this was a step towards a democracy.
The Reign of Terror
If anyone sides with the king you will be executed!!
On July 14, 1789 the National Assembly stormed the prison called the Bastille looking for weapons to defend themselves. This historical day marked the beginning of the revolution. With this marked the beginning of the move to democracy.
The Rise of Napoleon
I will rule the world one country at a time
The women of France were angered by their king and queen having parties while they starved. So they marched to Versailles and demanded bread. The king promised to distribute bread. This shows the people were still together as one and were moving towards democracy.
Robespierre took control with 12 other men and begun what was known as the reign of terror. They started killing people with the guillotine that went against them. After the terror it lead to a republic for a couple years before Napoleon. This was a step back from democracy because a group took over and killed people.
Napoleon took leadership over France and named himself emperor. His military success is one of the reasons people liked him. He also put in place many reforms that gained the favor of the people. This didn't help them gain democracy because of Napoleon's hunger for power.