French dating and marriage
And the dating space also shows these competing interests.
Americans are thus obliged to officially ask each other out, and the first date is often for a drink and to make small talk.
Madame Figaro reminds French women in the States to not send the first SMS after an encounter, so as not to seem “desperate”.
The man, also pretending to be busy and not desperate, will generally follow a “three-day rule” in waiting to text the woman for a second date.
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Actually, the very concept of dating is not very clearly defined in France. It mostly consists in saying “Would you like to [insert something about dining, going to a movie or similar activities here] together?