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Get yourself a pint or pour another glass of wine, here is the first in a new series with tips for men and women to survive and succeed at the Paris dating scene.
I’d read once that the French don’t pick up in bars, from my experience this is far from the reality, however, it’s probably true that French women might be a little cooler and harder to crack which has led to this theory.
“I appreciate the spontaneity, but my New Yorker mentality can’t handle just going with the flow like this,” says Amy. Just tell me where we’re going.” Cole, 30, another New York transplant, thinks choosing a place in advance says something about what kind of guy he is. While deodorant would be nice, as would picking up the bill, maybe choosing a specific place to meet isn’t necessary after all. Maybe all we do need is a long walk on cobblestones, the moonlight, and a spark.
And not having to wonder when to send the next text or if it’s too soon to sleep with him? “In Paris, guys are much more likely to be upfront with you, which is a relief,” says Cole. S., there’s this stigma that if you sleep with someone too soon they’re not going to like you.
As Jenny, 28, another New York expat, reminded me: “The French love the idea of love.” Amy added: “It doesn’t seem to intimidate them as it intimidates us.” So the next time some Marcel, Mathieu, or Laurent sends me a screen full of emojis, or starts caressing my arm without warning, I’m going to try to open up more freely without judgement.
Once eye contact has been made, don’t hold their gaze for too long, not that first one.
In New York, where I’d lived before moving to Paris, kissy faces were reserved for further along in the relationship — you know, like post-marriage.
If in New York you play hard to get, sparking chemistry through coyness, here in Paris, a second date at his house for dinner is par for the course.
Whereas here, if you like each other, you sleep with each other.
They’re not going to slut-shame you.” And there’s some truth to the age-old clichés about Paris as the world capital of romance.
It’s not so much about old-fashioned chivalry, but plain old generosity.