For the new French state, it was deemed essential that there be a new Constitution written to replace the suspended Constitution of 1793.
This new Constitution was underpinned by a reformed ideology that the country should be governed by the rich and the educated. There was a preamble which stated the civic rights and duties of each citizen which directly related to the societal good, and the document reaffirmed its commitment to liberty, equality, security and property rights.
An indirect voting system was established which demonstrated that it was the wealthier citizens of France who had the power to choose the deputies1. France was now seeing a return to some of the values prior to the Revolution itself.
Fenwick, J & Anderson, J. Liberating France. p.195 ↩
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