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Sex is not taboo in France as it is in the US, and it is much more present in humor, art, tv and everyday life than in the US…

and so is nudity: children are often naked on the beach, women can go topless (although it’s less frequent now than when I was young)… I wrote an article about French Sex Vocabulary if you are curious – watch out, it is explicit and written for an adult audience.

So, since there is no dating protocol, French guys have to work hard for it…

They cannot just assume that if the girl accepts to go out with them three times, “c’est dans la poche” (it’s in the pocket, it’s a done deal).

And if you like this article, you’ll probably enjoy my “French women beauty secrets” article.

And for more about “l’amour” (grammar, French love vocabulary, cultural tips) in France, check out my Saint Valentin article.

It is so funny to see how some social behaviors are exactly the same between France and the US, and others are completely different. Well, this was a big shock to me when I arrived in the US. I understood of course a man and a woman could be interested in each other in a romantic way, let me reassure you.

Born and raised in Paris, I have been teaching today's French to adults for 20 years in the US and France.Even for a married woman to go out with a male friend who is single: I often travel to Paris by myself, Leyla and Olivier stay in Paimpol, and have dinner with one (or several) of our good male friend(s), single or not.Olivier trusts me, and we both trust our friend(s), who would never make a pass at me.Nor did I know about this first date, second date and third date business.In France, it’s very common for a girl to go out to dinner with a male friend.