Describe the Circumstances Leading to the Outbreak of Revolutionary Protest in France

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Updated on: November 9th, 2023

One of the circumstances leading to the outbreak of revolutionary protest in France was the increased taxes by Louis XVI. The monarch did not have the power to charge taxes in the old regime. For the proposal of new taxes, the monarch had to call a meeting of the Estates General. The prosperous and educated members represented the third estate in France.

Circumstances Leading to the Outbreak of Revolutionary Protest in France

The members of the third estate demanded the right of voting for each member. The proposal of the third estate was rejected by the king which led to the protest in France.

The third estate representatives acted as spokesmen for the whole French nation. They swore not to disperse until a constitution for France was drafted. Mirabeau and Abbé Sieyès led the representatives of the third estate.
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The harvest was not good due to the extreme winter and as a result, the price of bread increased. The bakers hoarded the supplies and exploited the situation. The women crowd at the bakery shop got angry and stormed into the shops.

No increase in wages instigated a greater rebellion from the poor increasing the gap between the privileged and the non-privileged. This formed one of the major reasons for the French revolution.

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