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Declaration of human and civic rights of 26 August 1789


Article 1. Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may be based only on considerations of the common good. Article 6. Law is the expression of the general will. Every citizen has a right to participate personally, or through his representative, in its foundation. It must be the same for all, whether it protects or punishes. All citizens, being equal in the eyes of the law, are equally eligible to all dignities and to all public positions and occupations, according to their abilities, and without distinction except that of their virtues and talents.