France was spent more money than it collected because the country raised too little in taxes. Also, the proportion of who paid taxes was off. The nobles and clergy, the ones with the most and biggest property, paid the least in taxes.
Storming of Bastille
King Louis hoped the Estates general would vote for more taxes. Each estate was to meet and vote. His goal by doing this was for the third estate to be outnumbered by the second and first estate.
National Assembly controls France's government
The third estate refused and they met alone at an indoor tennis court. At the tennis court, the third estate declared themselves the National Assembly. Together, they swore the Oath of tennis court, where they promised to write a constitution for France. The revolution began.
Declaration of the Rights of Man
On July 14, an armed group of people went to a prison in Bastille. In the midst of the confusion, a battle broke out . The group forced their way into the prison and killed the governor, soldiers and other officials. This was the beginning of the French Revolution.
By the summer of 1789, the National Assembly was controlling the government in France. This resulted in the ending of feudalism, the special privileges of the nobility and the debts the peasants owed.
The National Assembly passed the Declaration of the Rights of Man, which includes the principles of the revolution. The Declaration said that all people have the rights of freedom and equality. "Liberty, equality, fraternity," became the cry of the revolution.