Oh! French social classes! See, this is what I get for never studying Marx NOR the French Revolution.
The notion of “classes” comes from the pre French Revolution notion of “Estates”: Clergy, Nobility, and the Third Estate – middle class, wage workers, peasant.
Ok, so that’s the model we follow.
“What were the social classes in the French Revolution?
Society was divided into three estates or social classes that determined an individual’s access to rights and privileges. The First Estate consisted of the clergy, the Second Estate represented the nobility, and the Third Estate was the middle class, wage workers, and peasant””