The Economic Probs of France and the Estates General Covene!
We've got problems!
3rd Estate: Rep. 27 mil ppl., Peasants, and the Bourgeoise. Also was the Sans Culottes. 2nd Estate: Nobility of the sword (older class- real nobility) and nobility of the robe (nouveau riche). Owned 20% of the land. 1st Estate: Clergy, paid no taxes, church ran schools, education, and had their own laws.
- Louis 16th: King at the time, Pauvre Louis. - Marie Antoinette: Reputation of spending, gambling, frivolity. She didn't like the French and they did not like her either. Would do ridiculous things like play pretend peasant in Versailles. Blamed as Louis' problem.
Issues like pop. growth that could not be supported, terrible grain harvests, cattle plagues of 1700's and more! There was a desperate bid to raise peacetime tax reps. 1st and 2nd estate together push through acts/tax/etc. While the third estate feels totally undermined and controlled.