Festival de la Francophonie: Russie
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Russia’s affinity for all things French dates back to the 18th century. Peter the Great employed French architects, engineers and artists to build St.Petersburg, while Catherine the Great entered into correspondence with the greatest French thinkers of her day, including Voltaire and Diderot. Russian aristocracy turned to France as the centre of high culture and progress and travel to France became a form of cultural and intellectual apprenticeship for Russian nobility.