It is so funny to see how some social behaviors are exactly the same between France and the US, and others are completely different. Well, this was a big shock to me when I arrived in the US. I understood of course a man and a woman could be interested in each other in a romantic way, let me reassure you.One of the very obvious difference is the dating game. But I was not aware that accepting to go out to dinner with a man alone gave the signal that I was possibly romantically interested in him.In France, pretty much once you’ve exchanged a kiss, it’s expected of you to be exclusive: you don’t chase several rabbits at the same time…

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They cannot just assume that if the girl accepts to go out with them three times, “c’est dans la poche” (it’s in the pocket, it’s a done deal).

Maybe this is why French guys have the reputations of being so romantic, and… We trained them well (with some exceptions of course…

Olivier trusts me, and we both trust our friend(s), who would never make a pass at me.

I guess it’s much more accepted in France for men and women to be friends.

And for more about “l’amour” (grammar, French love vocabulary, cultural tips) in France, check out my Saint Valentin article.

You may also like “How To Ask Someone Out in French“.

and so is nudity: children are often naked on the beach, women can go topless (although it’s less frequent now than when I was young)… I wrote an article about French Sex Vocabulary if you are curious – watch out, it is explicit and written for an adult audience.

Many of my French friends – men and women alike – have waited to meet someone special for their first time, didn’t just want to get rid of their virginity, and have never had one night stand.

Frenchmen like to flirt as well, even if they know very well there is no hope of it leading anywhere.