Hunger and unrest happened in France under Louis XIV. His tax system meant that people with the least money paid the most. Tax riots erupted in 1662, and Louis hired new tax people who increased the taxes and pocketed the difference. In the 1690s and 1700s famine was widespread in France. Louis was declaring war on Protestant Europe just as the Protestants were at their greatest strength. Louis gave the French Huguenots (protestants) 15 days to get out of France or die.