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But in France: “He initiated dates, planned them to a tee, and never canceled.

Halfway through our first date, he asked what I was doing the day after next and suggested a restaurant we should try.

“I realized just how severely casual dating in America had become.”Anna, a tech director at a film production company in Paris, concurs: “There seems to be an old fashioned-ness still that doesn’t seem to happen much in the U. Often dates in France involve eating somewhere, which was an interesting change from Netflix and popcorn that have swept nations all over."“Things move more quickly here in France than they do at home,” shares Eileen, a journalist and photographer now living in Paris. After our first date, we spent every single day together for three weeks.

It moved fast, but I hear that’s normal here.” Eileen believes the faster pace of new relationships is due primarily to cultural differences.

“The French are more receptive to emotions, and to me, they seem more romantic,” she says.

For some, this immediate intimacy is refreshing—but for others, it’s a bit off-putting.

Tamara shares her perspective: “It feels awkward to gaze deeply into a stranger’s eyes.

And I’ve actually had to say things like, ‘I don’t know you yet, so I’d prefer not to hold hands.’”Different than in the United States—where there’s often a moment when you define the relationship (DTR) as a couple—the French believe that there's a mutual understanding after a kiss or successful date. Abinet experienced this after a three-week vacation to France to see family friends. “I ended up on a first date with the first man I’ve ever loved.” He considered her to be his girlfriend and formed a sense of commitment immediately after that first date went well. Abinet moved to Paris just three weeks after her initial trip ended.“Couples just don't have ‘the talk’ in France,” Eileen adds.

To Mary Alice, this gender difference was especially apparent when it came to whose role it was to pursue.I've been on first dates in France that I couldn't drag even long-term boyfriends to in the U.S.: museums, theater, music that doesn't involve earplugs,” shares Tamara, a commercial real estate consultant living in Paris."“I love that in France a man thinks nothing of complimenting a woman that he doesn't know; he compliments her on her smile or her hair or whatever—and it doesn't mean anything more than, ‘I appreciate you,’” shares Carol.“Flirting is an art form in France, and it doesn't feel objectifying or manipulative."Lightness, romance, and wit are an innate part of how the French communicate.

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