For many people making a romantic French connection is still thought of as the Holy Grail when it comes to finding a partner.
That's because when we think of the most romantic people in the world, we almost certainly think of the French.
French films like Amelie and French perfume commercials have programmed us to believe that natural, exciting, electrifying, romance inevitably materializes simply by setting foot in the country.
According to a 2014 poll, one in three French adults is on a dating site.
A few days ago, as an American friend of mine was telling me all about her new boyfriend and how he had asked her out with flowers, I realized how different courtship and dating is for teens in France and the US. Americans go on formal dates; we keep things secret. The word “date” has no equivalent in French, and it’s simply because we don’t go on them.
For those hoping to charm their way into the lives of a French woman we've tracked down leading French behaviour expert Géraldine Lepère to make sure you do and say all the right things, and avoid making a potentially relationship ruining gaffe.
From turning up the volume on your foreign accent to dressing like a native and complimenting your date at every possibility, Lepère, has all the advice you will need so your relationship does not end before that first kiss.
You will never, in France, find a guy you don’t know show any romantic interest in you if you have not been introduced by a mutual friend.
And when we do ask our love interest if he wants to have a relationship, it’s because we already kissed or at least gotten really close. There’s no such thing as DTR (Defining The Relationship) because exclusivity is implied.
But the quest to find a French lover is not necessarily an easy mission for foreigners as it can be fraught with cultural obstacles and minefields of faux pas.
Whether it’s how to dress, how to behave, how much to drink or not to drink in this case, The Local has solicited the advice of a few experts and come up with 10 tips for both men and women on how to date a French person.
It’s true that dating culture varies from the United States to France.