France enters the Crimean War, but on the Russian side

Futurist

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May 2014
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What if France would have entered the Crimean War, but on the Russian side? The logic behind this would be that France would have more to gain from being a Russian ally than a Russian enemy in this war. Specifically, in this scenario, France is going to want to conquer as much Ottoman territory for itself as possible--including (and especially) the Holy Land and the Christian parts of Lebanon.

How would the Crimean War have went in this scenario? Also, would France's entry on the Russian side in this war have motivated any other country/countries to enter this war--and if so, on which side?
 
Jun 2017
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What if France would have entered the Crimean War, but on the Russian side? The logic behind this would be that France would have more to gain from being a Russian ally than a Russian enemy in this war. Specifically, in this scenario, France is going to want to conquer as much Ottoman territory for itself as possible--including (and especially) the Holy Land and the Christian parts of Lebanon.

How would the Crimean War have went in this scenario? Also, would France's entry on the Russian side in this war have motivated any other country/countries to enter this war--and if so, on which side?
Well Napoleon III and Victoria/Albert(who was still alive) were friends. So the French and British had their first friendly era ever. They were so friendly Napoleon III's family semi defected to the UK after the Franco-Prussian War and his son "Napoleon IV", ended up dying in British uniform. They were on team UK at this time and Russia was seen as the biggest threat to the balance of power. When this changed, the British and French(though under a different gov) changed sides on the Russia issue and sold their anti Russian position for military support. But here and now that wasn't the case.

I'm not sure the French wanted to acquire said lands. Napoleon III had enough pet projects(Italy, Mexico etc) without trying to go into the Ottoman Empire. At that moment the goal was to prevent Russia from reclaiming their dream of Constantinople which would make them a semi Byzantine restoration. France ended up getting some of said territory about 60 years later, it was basically dumped into their lap.
 
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Apr 2017
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Assuming France and Russia coordinated beforehand to partition the Ottoman empire, Britain may choose not to get involved.
Alternatively Britain would destroy the French navy, ending the French involvement in the war. Britain by itself may not be enough to drive Russia out of the Balkans but would prevent the seizure of Constantinople.