Some French men I’ve dated have never been to the States and don’t understand American culture enough to understand where I’m coming from.
Additionally, the younger they are, the less likely they are to be looking for something serious.
Of course, this isn’t to say that good relationships can’t be found via Tinder, in fact, I have several friends who are in serious relationships with French men they met on Tinder.
If you’re there temporarily or to study abroad you can certainly have a wonderful, whirlwind romance with a Frenchman, however, remember to manage your expectations and just know what you’re getting yourself into.
The problems I have encountered have mainly stemmed from a lack of openness between me and my partner.
On one second date, we went to meet my date’s friends at a bar after dinner.
Another time, we got a group of his friends and a group of my friend together for a night out.
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The beautiful thing about French dating culture is (unlike nearly everything else in France) there are no rules. Generally speaking, French couples are exclusive from the beginning.
Here, if you don’t sleep with someone, they take that to mean that you’re not actually interested in them. Wait a bit if you want to make sure he’ll stick around, but don’t wait too long or your Frenchman will assume a lack of compatibility and find someone else.
One thing I’ve found when dating in Paris is that if he’s even remotely serious about you, you’ll meet his friends early on.
After never finding it appealing back home, I was convinced by a friend that it would be a good way to make make friends here, as au-pairs are predominantly female.