Gone also is the French woman with red lips and a striped shirt holding a long cigarette in one hand and a baguette in the other.Through their new networks of French acquaintances, AUCP students can easily find themselves face to face with a young Frenchman or woman that is interested in him or her. A few tips to make things easier: A smile is an invitation, as if you had a giant sign above your head flashing, « Come talk to me! » Don’t be surprised if you smile at someone at a bus stop, in a store or at a bar, and afterwards, that person comes right up and begins to hit on you or draguer, or asks for your phone number. If you and Philippe have been hanging out consistently for a few weeks and it leads to a stolen kiss in a bar one evening, do not be surprised if he calls you his girlfriend the next day.
Let’s start with Serge Gainsbourg - an alcoholic, chain-smoking singer - who by his own admission was not exactly an oil painting. – he nonetheless managed to seduce the stunning Carole Bouquet and Karine Silla to name a few.
He habitually made fun of his much prized, exaggerated features, his nose, his ears, referring to the thing that balanced on top of his neck as a ‘cabbage head’. Just ask the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin. Then there’s Daniel Auteuil and the 10-year relationship he had with Emmanuelle Béart? (Ok, he’s also a movies star but apart from that there’s nothing to write home to mom about).
He will most likely have an opinion on everything and even steer every conversation in the direction of art, politics and history to show his intellectual side.
Indeed the French even have the reputation of being rather aggressive about the artistic and cultural accomplishments of their country.
When you’re married to a French man, you marry a man intrinsically tied to his culture and country. So be ready for an entire new world to open up before you, and be prepared to sharpen your wits and tongue at the same time.
This year, I celebrate my 25 wedding anniversary with my French husband. My goodness, I’ve lived longer with this man than any member of my own family.
Expect next-day contact and a date within the first 48 hours.
By the time a British man would have taken you out for dinner, you could have been on a minibreak with your French boyfriend, and met his mother.
Often stereotyped in what the French man is supposed to be like, there are a number of myths I’d like to examine under .