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Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

foundational document of the French Revolution
Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may be founded only upon the general good. ~ Article 1

The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (French: Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen), passed by France's National Constituent Assembly in August 1789, is a fundamental document of the French Revolution and in the history of human and civil rights and was influenced by the American Revolution. It is a list of rights, such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and separation of powers.

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  • Les hommes naissent et demeurent libres et égaux en droits. Les distinctions sociales ne peuvent être fondées que sur l'utilité commune.
    • Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may be founded only upon the general good.
      • Article 1

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