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Russians in France

Russians in France
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Total population

200,000 to 500,000 (2013).[1]

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

There are 200,000 to 500,000 people resident in France identified as ethnic Russian in 2013.[citation needed]

It is difficult to get an idea of the number of Russians in France because there is no census and they are not obliged to declare to the consulate. It was announced wave numbers between 200,000 and 500,000 Russians.[2]


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.

See also


  1. ^ La communauté russe en France est "éclectique".
  2. ^ La communauté russe en France est "éclectique".

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