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Sex is not taboo in France as it is in the US, and it is much more present in humor, art, tv and everyday life than in the US…
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.
In France, it’s very common for a girl to go out to dinner with a male friend.The informal Italian aperitivo is a great way to get to know your new love interest on a first date, without breaking the bank. You need to conquer an Italian woman, so be prepared to put the hours in and dedicate yourself to some serious romance.Conquer by cooking Italians are frequently excellent cooks, so expect to be cooked for!I guess it’s much more accepted in France for men and women to be friends.However, if a woman is dining with a man, you can bet he will pick up the check. I usually trick them by asking to be excused (as if I was going to the lady’s room, grab the waiter and give him my credit card).You will know when a French girl is flirting with you: she’ll smile to excess, move her hair a lot, smile at you, blush, laugh hard and loud at your jokes, find occasions to touch your shoulder (or even your knee… and it’s not unlikely that she’ll make the first move. Again, the game is often more important than the catch, even to men. The woman has all the power when it comes to dating. It’s then up to the guy if the company of “la belle” is enough for him, or if the game has lasted long enough – in which case no-one is forcing him to continue to invite her.She decides whether she wants the guy or not, and may need more than one dinner to make up her mind… In any case, there is no obligation nor expectation whatsoever for the woman to do whatever after any number of “rendez-vous galants”.It’s only in American movies that I found out about this “let’s be exclusive” concept.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…Maybe this is why French guys have the reputations of being so romantic, and… We trained them well (with some exceptions of course…pretty much every politician :-( Believe it or not, at the opposite of all the stereotypes, French people are much more about love than sex.