Between Revolution and Restoration
- May 1814-june 1815: a condensed thirty years of confrontation
- Fall back to the great nation
- An economy of transition
- The owners of France
- References of cultural and ideological exploded
On May 2, the notables who had supported the First Consul came to meet Louis XVIII in Saint-Ouen, to propose a draft Constitution. The royal answer seems to deny any legitimacy to the revolutionary gains, 'Louis by the grace of God, King of France and Navarre...', the preamble seems to strike a 30-year history, and the revolution is at once ambiguous. It recognizes the important freedom. On 4 June, the king gives a charter. The text is dated to the 19th year of his reign, and therefore binding any break in the dynastic continuity. Catholicism was restored as the state religion.