FRANKS: after the fall of W.R.E (476) the franks assumed the power in north gaul. The first frankish king was clovis, an impressive military commander from the merovingian dynasty.
507: Clovis expelled the visigoths from southern gaul b. Of vouille who moved south of the pyrenees.
THe merovingian left government affairs in the hands of the mayors of the palace ; who became the real power.
732: the mayor of the palace charles mantel (Charlemagne´s grandfather) defeated the muslims at the battle of poitiersforcing them to retreat to the iberian peninsula. This victory reinforced the power of the mayors of the palace (who were ancestors of Charlemagne).