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There were many different events that led to the French Revolution One reason was the deficit spending done by the government This is when more money is spent then taken in Louis XIV had left France deeply in debt Wars like to American Revolution and the Seven Years War strained the treasury even more To bridge the gap between the expenses and income the government borrowed more and more money To solve this financial crisis the government wanted increased taxes reduced expenses or both The clergy and nobles however did not want to end their exemption from taxes to end An economic woe also had risen in France Then in the late 1780s bad harvests sent food prices soaring and brought hunger to pooper peasants and city dwellers This made many people furious Many people rioted in towns demanding bread In the countryside peasants began to attack the homes of nobles As the crisis deepened the king had no choice but to call for the Estates General for assistance He had the three estates keep lists of their grievances Members of the Third Estate were very angry about the fact that the First and Second Estates were able to meet separately and vote together always outnumbering the Third Estate The Third Estate wanted the orders to meet together After weeks of silence delegates of the Third Estate represented the people of France by transforming themselves into the National Assembly They then invited members of the other Estates to help them write a constitution A few days later the National Assembly was locked out of the Estate General meeting They then took the Tennis Court Oath pledging not to disband until they had drawn up a constitution for France When the reform-minded clergy and nobles joined the National Assembly King Louis XVI had to accept the constitution At the same time royal troops gathered around where the king and National Assembly were to meet Rumor had
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