Directory became France's executive power between 1795 and 1799.
were five members, or directors, and each was elected by the Council
of Ancients (les Anciens) and the Five
was effective in its first years, but then corruption and self-service
Internal bickering and in-fighting increasingly destabilised the
country and, in 1799, two of its members - Paul
Barras and Abbe Sieyes - plotted with Napoleon
Bonaparte to overthrow their colleagues.
The Coup of Brumaire succeeded and the Directory was dissolved.
It was replaced by the Consulate.