What are 3 key ideas of the meeting of the Estates General?

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In July 1788, in the midst of a growing financial crisis, King Louis XVI summoned the Estates General. The Estates General, which had not been called since 1614, convened in May 1789. The Estates General consisted of 1,200 deputies representing the three estates in pre-revolutionary France: the clergy, the nobility, and the commoners. The first two estates are often referred to as the "privileged" estates: they alone had access to government positions and were virtually exempt from taxation. Unhappy with the state of affairs, and realizing that the system of voting, which gave one vote to each of the estates, made change unlikely, the commoners broke from the Estates...

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