French rule on dating
Champagne is the only acceptable drink to celebrate. The man is supposed to compliment the woman at every possible opportunity. Coffee won't cut it, especially on Valentine's Day. Women can protest a little bit but if he insists you have to let him pay. It’s also the easiest way to keep from getting into a ‘relationship’.If someone is starting to touch, kiss and text a lot, it’s a sign that the French person sees you as more than just a ‘date’ and considers it a ‘for sure thing’; as in they really want to be your boyfriend/girlfriend.Finding a balance between these two cultures tends to be a challenge; my recommendation when dating French people is to explain up front what the deal is with Americans.Explain that while we enjoy affection, if this affection will lead to an automatic relationship it’s better to keep it slow.
*Note: This only applies to the ‘true French’; meaning those who were raised in France. Because sleeping with him/her on the very first date will not be held against you. Take a look at these romantic restaurants in Paris for inspiration. I know that this sounds completely counter-intuitive, but it works. The French love a bit of poetic language, so quote some idiomatic French expressions on your dates to get yourself fluent in the language of love.