Before the outbreak of the French Revolution, France was ruled by King Louis XVI. Unfortunately he had put france into debt due to the support they aided the Americans during their revolution. Therefore he made a decision that would spark the French Revolution . He decided to tax the 2nd Estate.
The social and political system of France was known as the Old Regime. The social classes were called estates
Three different groups make up the Third. It was also the largest estate. Those groups were: Bourgeoisie, workers of France's cities and peasants.