Thank you, this was most informative and the good news is that I may have broadband by the autumn, only a decade after everyone else.
So they went from 25 to 10/11 which is still much more than any other nation.
And you are quite right about money, which made the war go round. The French Revolution started after Louis XVI called the Estates General in an effort to get more tax revenue to pay France's enormous national debt, which was crippling the nation.
The republic's declaration of war against Britain resulted in the loss of France's West Indies colonies, which accounted for 40-50% of her offshore trade, which only made things worse.
Napoleon, unable to beat Britain at sea, then attempts to wage economic warfare against her with his Continental System which ends up involving him in the Iberian Peninsula to invade Portugal to stop that nation trading with Britain. This leads him to attempt the conquest of Spain. Not only does this tie down enormous numbers of troops, it results in him losing the L240,000 per month Spain was paying in tribute to France, releases a great number of British warships which had been blockading Spanish ports, and opens up the Spanish South American markets to Britain.
The Continental System then leads to tensions with Russia which cause Napoleon in 1812 to invade that nation and we all know the result.