Russia’s aristocratic circles was based on admiration of everything
French (Literature, Fashions, Culinary ).
French was their language of choice in communications.
That admiration of France remained to be the same after the Napoleonic
war. Moreover, Russian army aristocratic officers, which were staying
in the occupied Paris, picked up French spirit of Freedom and brought
it back home to Russia (see Decabrists).
The special affinity of Russian aristocracy with France continued
until the Russian Revolution. France accepted thousands of “white’s”
(vs “red”) aristocratic Russian immigrants after “whites” were
defeated in Russia during after revolutionary Civil War.
In many ways French society and governing system even in the
Napoleonic times was more human, democratic and overall progressive
comparing with oppressive absolute Russian monarchy rule, where the
majority of Russian people were internal slaves (serfs) to their
Napoleon, much like Alexander (Macedonian) the Great in his quest to
expand the boundaries of the “Oicumena” (Civilization), was thinking
(IMHO, to certain degree correctly) that his intent of conquest of
Russia is justified. Napoleon would destroy serfdom in Russia, which
after his defeat remained in Russia for another fifty years !
Coming from the Corsican ethnic minority origin, Napoleon was very
keen on protecting minorities.
In every country which Napoleon conquered (or from another point of
view – freed!) he gave civil rights to local Jews and dismantled
Vive Le Napoleon !