French dating culture and customs
” Or, “I’m in love with that guy on ‘The Bachelorette’.” In relationships, some people are quick to say “I love you” to a relatively new partner or to tell their friends they’ve fallen in love after a date or two.
Take an example from the French and regard the experience of love as something to be cherished and treasured.
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Avoid misusing the word “love.” French men and women take seriously the concept of love and the words used to express it. S., on the other hand, are often casual and even careless with the word “love.” You hear people say, “I absolutely LOVE fajitas!
So if you find yourself having a hard time understanding his culture’s idea of “l’amour”, not to worry, I’m here to help. No, probably not, but as a country France is pretty flirty.
While I usually don’t subscribe to most stereotypes, there are always a few that are true enough to merit their labels. Playful—but always polite—conversations can be had between friends, between strangers, and even between married men and women with people who aren’t their significant other (gasp! In other cultures this may raise a few eyebrows, and tempers, but in France it’s just a conversation, there’s no strings attached. It’s more complicated than that, but that’s the most concise way I can think to put it.
If, during your courtship, you kiss on the lips it’s taken as a non-verbal agreement that you’re attracted to each other and are in a relationship.
Unless you’re in a one night kind of relationship, this automatically translates to exclusivity.
While in the US and the UK “dating” is seen as a series of meetings that adheres to certain rules and protocols—waiting the proper amount of time before calling someone, arranging a date, wait appropriate number of dates before initiating appropriate amount of intimacy—before the time comes to have the boyfriend/girlfriend talk, the French tend to have a more laid back attitude.