At retro-punk bar “Le Styx” I sit down with photographer and bartender Caroline De la Giroday and her boyfriend Bruno. We want the guy to be interested, but not too pushy. For example, if the guy wants to take the girl to a typical French bistro, she should be open to trying traditional food. Still, if you travel to another country and say that you are French, it’s almost too easy to get a girl into bed! : Well, if you can get new dates so easily, is it accepted in French society to date several people at the same time? Bruno: I have friends in countries in Northern Europe who date several girls at the same time, and who have many different sexual partners.
: Where are the best places to meet new people in Paris? Bruno: In the summer evenings, a lot of young Parisians bring wine and go out to meet by the Seine, under the bridges. French people are very happy to get to know people from different cultures and it’s easy to meet like this. Caroline: To me, Montmartre, the old artist district of Paris, symbolised by Le Sacre Cœur, the city's most beautiful church, is the most romantic place in Paris. When you are there, you feel like you are in a different time, that you are a part of history. Here, you can just walk, have a picnic, go to the bridges, and see the musicians. Apollinaire has a very famous poem about the Seine: “Sous le pont Mirabeau coule la Seine/ Et nos amours”.. : What do French women and men expect from their date? But to have several sexual partners is not accepted in France.
Milestones have been added; “M + M 2008, 2009, 2010”, “Lisa & Marion, 1 year, six months!
”, and maybe you will hear the click of two new hearts being sealed as you stand on this wooden bridge called “Le Divan du Monde”: Paris' greatest and most living declaration of what the city is all about: Love. The only one that has established its identity on one single word.
It can make you feel miserable – not being able to buy a postcard without having to choose from a stand filled with fifty different ways to French kiss. When you don’t know the person very well, you pay for yourself. French girls are used to be treated like princesses; they are not used to paying the bill. However, I think these romantic types exist – I just need to meet them! Caroline: In history, the use of the tongue defined the French kiss, but now people kiss like this everywhere. You can see couples kissing on the street and people feel happy for them.
In the area of Belleville, once the dodgy neighbourhood of Paris where Edith Piaf sang herself from the streets, the bar-packed Rue Oberkampf has become a meeting point for artists and diverse ethnicities, bringing new life to “the beautiful town”. ” The most important thing is that the guy implies that he will pay. Caroline: The city is romantic, but not the French guys. : And the French lovers, do they deserve their reputation? French men are very good lovers because they want to please you. However, if you succeed, French girls do not hesitate before going to bed.And as they often deliver the first-date-drink, there is no one better to ask about etiquette than the French bartenders. Bruno: If a French guy takes a girl on a real Parisian date she should be open to taking part in French culture. It’s like with a business deal; if you prove yourself worthy, you are accepted. And compared to other dating cultures, we usually don’t spend several months before calling each other girlfriend or boyfriend.