The first meeting of estate general ever called since 1614, he called the meeting because the french were having problem with the financial. France was in a financial crisis and King Louis XVI was out of ideas. He called a meeting of the Estates General to come up with a solution to the problem. This decision was the main mistake that led to his fall from power. The Estates General was the French version of a senate, where the first, second, and third estates each got a vote. The first estate was the clergy, the second estate was the nobility, and the third estate was everyone else. The third estate had 98% of the population, but only 33% of the votes. The Estates General hadn't met for 175 years, and when it was called the third estate was enraged by the injustice.