On the other hand, there are some undeniable differences between our two cultures, and the cliché of the French as a uniquely romantic nation isn’t completely unwarranted.
I spoke to some French people to find out what exactly they’re doing differently from us.
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Lola Rykiel: I moved to New York about four years ago, to head up public relations here for my grandmother’s company, Sonia Rykiel.
One of the first things you realize when you’re a single girl and you move to New York is that it’s all about the dating thing, you know?
People read Proust, or Marivaux, and assume Paris is the most romantic city in the world. If you are neither faux-ugly nor faux-romantic, don't bother. “We don’t really have the notion of dating in France,” she explained.“Either you are ‘en couple’ [an official couple] or ‘celibataire’ [deliberately single or celibate], or you are seeing someone special but [not a couple yet]. It has to do with our origins, a mix of Latin and Celtic. Men like Serge Gainsbourg or Vincent Cassel are the ultimate sex symbols in France.