The Russian Embassy in France is the diplomatic representation of the Russian Federation to the French Republic. It is located at №40-50 on boulevard Lannes, in the 16th arrondissement in Paris (France).


The first Russian diplomat was sent to France at the request of Emperor Peter the Great in 1717. In 1780, the Hôtel de Lévis was the seat of the embassy. Under the First Empire, from 1808 to 1811, the representation was installed in the Hôtel de Biron, near Les Invalides.

In 1818, Tsar Alexander I made the Hôtel Thellusson (current 9th arrondissement) as the Russian embassy in France. It is then located in the Hôtel d’Estrées, at 79 rue de Grenelle, in the 7th arrondissement; it was transferred to its current address in 1978, and the Hôtel d’Estrées became the residence of the ambassador.

In the 1970s, the USSR embassy looked for a new headquarters even though the number of its diplomats had increased significantly in previous decades.

The site on Boulevard Lannes, measuring 15,000 m2 and which until then housed a municipal sports field, was ceded by France, with the USSR doing the same to Moscow for the French embassy, which also wished to expand.

The building, designed by three Russian architects Anatoli Klimochkin, Dmitri Lisitchkin and Igor Pokrovsky, was completed in 1977.

It was inaugurated on June 22 of the same year by Leonid Brezhnev, president of the praesidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. On this occasion, he received the French president, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, for lunch.

After the breakup of the USSR on December 26, 1991, it became the embassy of the Russian Federation, the latter being the continuing state of the Soviet Union.

A school is located there, as well as a concert hall.

Address: 40-50 Bd Lannes, 75116 Paris, France.

Working Hours:

Friday 10 AM–1 PM, 3–5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 10 AM–1 PM, 3–5 PM
Tuesday 10 AM–1 PM, 3–5 PM
Wednesday 10 AM–1 PM, 3–5 PM
Thursday 10 AM–1 PM, 3–5 PM

In addition to its embassy in Paris, Russia has two consulates general in France, in Marseille and Strasbourg, a consular agency in Villefranche-sur-Mer, and an honorary consulate in Lyon and an honorary vice-consulate in Biarritz.

Since 1972, the embassy has also owned a villa in Deauville, known as Villa Albatros, at the corner of Boulevard Eugène-Cornuché and Rue de Gheest.

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