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French Revolution timeline
The French queen Marie Antoinette is wrongly implicated in a scandal involving a diamond necklace
The French finance minister, Charles Alexandre de Calonne, is dismissed when his proposed reforms meet aristocratic opposition
The ministers of Louis XVI reluctantly announce that the estates general will meet in 1789, for the first time since 1614
A pamphlet published in France by Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès asks a challenging question,
What is the Third Estate?
A left-wing political club begins to meet in a Jacobin convent in Paris, thus becoming known as the Jacobins
Delegates of the Third Estate swear an oath in a tennis court at Versailles, pledging themselves not to disperse until France has a constitution
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