Russians in France

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Russians in France
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Total population

115,000 (2001).[1]

0.3% of the population of France
Regions with significant populations
Paris, Lyon, and Nice
Russian, French
Russian Orthodox Church

There are 115,000 people resident in France identified as ethnic Russian in 2001.[citation needed]


In the 18th century, the first Russians came to France for diplomatic, technical or commercial purposes. After Napoleon's invasion of Russia and until 1914, France was a popular destination for Russian migration for two reasons: cultural interest, which was reinforced after the Russian occupation of Paris in 1814-1815; and liberalisation,[clarification needed] which made it easier for Russians to settle in the country.

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  1. ^ "Results / General results of the census / National composition of population". 2001 Ukrainian Census. Retrieved May 20, 2007. [dead link][clarification needed]

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