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The French revolution has greatly impacted the way that we as Canadians live today. The revolution itself has contributed to the form of democracy that we know and live by. The declaration of the rights of man is rules that still exist across many countries including Canada. Also, Louis XVI called together a committee, the Estates General, to vote for new rules. This is another event that is still practiced in Canada. Voting for new laws.

"Liberty consists of being able to do everything that injures nobody else. Law can only prohibit such actions, which are hurtful to society. Law is expression of the general will. Every citizen has a right to participate personally or through his representative in its formation. No person shall be accused, arrested, or imprisoned except in the cases and according to the forms prescribed by law. As all persons are held innocent until they shall have been declared guilty. The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man. Every citizen may accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, being responsible, however, for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law." These are some of the basis of the rights we have today. All persons are innocent until proven guilty is a right that has existed and still will for I'm sure many years to come.

When Louis XVI held the Estates General to hear from the three estates what change they wanted to be implemented, he knew that the system was flawed and would not pass anything that the 3rd Estate wanted that would benefit them. Although he did make them believe it was a fair system. We do this still today, very similarly, with the excepting of it being a completely flawed system, which could be controlled by the leader.

The French revolution also exemplified the idea of equality, the idea that a peasant is just as equal to a noble or member of the clergy. This is unmistakably



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