1789-1799. Government was in debt despite taxation, reason was wars including funding of the American Revolution. One leader of the revolution was Maximilien Robespierre, revolution lead to terror, death and lost life. Because nobility had higher rights, common people fought and in 1789 the declaration of the rights of man and of the citizen was signed. Declaration was for Individual freedoms, men are born equal, Liberty-injury to noone, freedom of speech. This contributed to France’s society.