During a time of financial crisis in France, the three estates come together to hold a meeting. They held a vote by order to try to solve France's problem. This was a move towards democracy because all three estates came together.
The March on Versailles
We demand to see the king!
In June 1789, the delegates of the Third Estate declared themselves the National Assembly. They pledged not to leave until they had a just constitution. This was a move towards democracy because the people in the third estate decided to take a stand and better their quality of life.
The Reign of Terror
I don't like Robespierre...
Time for you to lose your head!
On July 14, 1789, more than 800 Parisians gathered outside the Bastille, a prison, looking for weapons and gunpowder. A battle broke out. This day is celebrated as France's national independence day and can be considered a move towards democracy because it sparked the revolution.
The Rise of Napoleon
Pope: I now crown you-
Napoleon: I'm crowning myself.
About six thousand women marched from Paris to Versailles shouting "Bread!" and demanding to see the king. They made him promise to move to Paris. This was a move towards democracy because they brought him into Paris so he could see how they lived and hopefully make a change.
Robespierre was the leader of the Committee of Public Safety, whose members were in charge of trials and executions. He believed France could achieve a "republic of virtue" only through terror. Many were killed by guillotine. This is a move away from democracy because people were being killed for thinking differently.
Napoleon is crowned as the emperor of France. He embraces reforms. He becomes very successful in the military, leading many battles against some of the greatest European powers. This is a move towards democracy because he also controlled prices, built roads, and set up public schools.