WE NEED JOBS!! WE DON'T HAVE MONEY FOR FOOD!! THE KING ISN'T HELPING US!
We need food!!WE'RE STARVING!!!
Louis Calls the estates General
We want justice and want fairness .
We want English style democracy.
We want control of our privileged lifestyle to be continued .
Your Majesty, our government is bankrupt. We have no money cause of the war .
We need to ask the nobility for help to reform the tax system .
Most people in France mostly Peasants were poor and starving from terrible weather , hard winters, too hot summers. They couldn't afford food . While the king and nobility , the clergy continued to live in luxury .
In August, King Louis XVI called the Estates general for the first time since 1614. The nobles, clergy, 3rd estate were represented and the king hoped the estates general would approve new taxes . Peasants hoped for solutions to their problems .Clergy wanted a English style democracy . Clergy wanted to keep their luxury lifestyle.
BY 1787, the french government was bankrupt , it was 4000 million livres in debt . The French had spent a lot of money on war and many people accused the royals and especially the queen of spending too much money on luxuries . King louis wanted to reform the tax system and he wanted 1st and 2nd estate to pay taxes , but they refused to do so.