States-General Meeting on 5 may 1789

States General Meeting.

On May 5th, the meetings of the States-General were opened at the Palace of Versailles with the opening speeches by Louis XVI and Necker.

Traditionally, when voting, each estate had one vote. The deputies from the third estate, of whom there were twice as many as the deputies from the first and second, demanded an individual vote. Still, the government did not agree to this.

Instead, Louis XVI decides on the vote by order; the deputies of the Third State protest and organise themselves on June 17 as a “ National Assembly ”. Priests, members of the lower clergy, and nobles join them. This began the first stage of the French revolution.

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