zaazzak The king shared no power and the rules were harsh.There was no freedom of speech or press, and almost no freedom of religion. People who criticized the government were jailed, and sometimes never had a trial. No-one really like the french government.There had always been big differences between the upper and lower classes in French society.
The middle class got more wealthy and wanted to make their way to the upper class.The middle classes were wealthier than the nobility and though the nobility needed the middle classes they did not respect them.The bourgeoisie (middle class) were growing restless, and were unhappy at their lack of social mobility. Since the middle class was getting wealthy they thought that they should be in the upper class and started getting angry because they weren't in the upper class.
The gaps between rich and poor had gotten bigger and as the common people struggled to feed their families desperation increased and the mood grew revolutionary.Nearly a quarter of the taxes collected annually went to the maintenance of the King’s lifestyle at Versailles, and the upper classes (nobles & Church) in France paid no taxes.The final straw was the famine of 1788-89. There was barely nay bread and terribly expensive, and the people of France were starving.
(There wasn't much food and they had harsh living.)