France

Richard Hernandez, Takeshi Miyagusuku, Melany Cubides

Frances Leader and Power Structure

Leader: The duke of Orleans was the ruler following the death of King Louis XIV. After the failure of the duke, Cardinal Fleury took reign of the country. King Louis XV, decided to rule alone after the death of Cardinal Fleury. He was a lazy and weak ruler and soon under came the influence of ministers and mistresses. Afterwards his grandson, Louis XVI became the ruler, but not a very competent one.

Power Structure: Power Transitioned from the duke of Orleans to Cardinal Fleury and finally King Louis XV. King Louis XV was a sole ruler, but was heavily influenced by the ministers and mistresses at his steed. Madame de Pompadour made many a important governmental decision for him and giving advice on appointments and foreign policy. After Louis XV, Louis XVI became the ruler of france with his wife, Marie Antoinette, by his side. King Louis XVI was not very competent on the operations of French government and Antoinette devoted much of her time to court intrigues.

Accomplishments

Under Cardinal Fleury France flourished, the economy was doing great, trade and commerce was at a high point and industrialization was growing in coal and textile . The budget in France was balanced during Fleury, and until the seven years war

Failures

Louis XIV as he left france with massive debt, enlarged territories and an unhappy populace and a 5 year old son as his successor.

Louis XV as he was weak and had no backbone allowing others to control him, state affairs and ruin the prestige of the French Monarch. During his reign, he lost the Seven Years War making France lose its empire accompanying it with massive unpayable public debt and a more unhappy populace.

Louis XVI as was so ignorant on the operations of the French government and his wife was so spoiled that both of their actions on not being able to do anything caused the French Revolution