Russians in France

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Russians in France
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Total population

115,000 identified themselves as Russians.[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 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,[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. 

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