One major outcome of the French Revolution was the weakening of the power of the Roman Catholic Church and the breaking of the implicit alliance between throne and altar. One explicit pillar of the French Revolution was the notion of laïcité, the idea that the government should be independent of religious influence. This notion was even stricter than that of the United States' wall of separation between church and state and had its roots in opposition to the strong links between the ancien régime and the Roman Catholic Church, in which only aristocrats had been able to hold certain high-ranking positions such as bishoprics in the French Roman Catholic Church. Secularism also led to complete freedom of religion and an end to the persecution of Huguenots, Jews, and atheists.
Another major outcome of the French Revolution was equality for all citizens. Instead of laws treating nobles and peasants differently, all men were equal under the law, and they enjoyed the same rights and liberties. It should be noted, though, that this equality and "fraternity" did not extend to women, who only gained the right to vote in 1944.