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The Directory was the successor government after the collapse of the Committee on Public Safety which had been controlled by Maximilien Robespierre. The National Assembly wrote a new constitution by which the populace were to vote for a series of Electors, all of whom were wealthy men of influence. The electors then voted for a five man committee known as the Directors. These five men constituted the Directory. Their function was to run the Country and prevent yet another Revolution. It was no more successful than the previous governments. A number of demonstrations and protests led to an attempt by the Royalists to regain control. That attempt was ended by Napoleon's "whiff of grapeshot" and was telltale evidence that the army--under Napoleon--would ultimately control the government.
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