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There are 115,000 people of Russian origin living in France, mostly in Paris, Lyon, and Nice.
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, which made it easier for Russians to settle in the country.
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