French dating norms

And more likely than not it’s because you’re different.

In fact, according to another recent article on La Parisienne.com, 23% of couples in France are binational.

They call it , although for many, it’s just another day. Love is still alive and well in the capital, but there are some myths to dispel and customs to observe if anyone wants to even begin to understand the complexities of getting involved with the French. First, let’s get some vocabulary out of the way : Say “Yes” to monogamy, or be swiped to the side like a “No” on Tinder : The French don’t like to share.

Restaurants might prepare special menus, and chocolate or flower shops might see a little jump in sales on that day, but according to a recent poll on La Parisienne.com, 86% of nearly 6,000 readers who responded do not consider Valentine’s Day to be an important holiday. They might not all be faithful creatures (and it’s not just them, it happens in every culture), but they move fast in terms of exclusivity.

Sharing each other’s cultures is one of the most exciting and fun aspects of going out with a French person.

It’s an opportunity to learn the language, the customs, and also to learn more about yourself in the process.

This is how the French are groomed to think about love from an early age: not in the absolutes of total love or utter rejection, but in nuances and a range of possibilities.

It dawned on me at that moment that while we Americans are groomed to seek happy endings and closure, the French are more comfortable with emotional subtleties and ambiguity.

And if your cooking skills please them, you’re already ahead of the game.Everyone has romantic notions about dating in Paris. In movies, books, magazine articles, on Pinterest boards, blogs and Instagrams throughout the world, people tend to see the city through a very rosy, amourous lens.Culturally speaking, the French do have a certain preoccupation with love and romance.It’s not only enlightening but also helps to explain how and why the French became the people they are today.As for food, cooking is an art form in France, and particularly in Paris.

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