The French were inspired by the Enlightenment thinking appearing throughout Britain and also by the British colonies declaring themselves a new country. It all started when the poor estate of France couldn't get bread from the government. Being the only source of food at the time in France for poor people, bread was imperative. Philosophes met in salons to discuss a better government. Eventually, the 3rd estate rebelled and made themselves equal to everyone else. However, Napoleon took over.