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If you ask me out, it’d be nice if you get the first glass. As far as choosing a place to meet, give a girl a destination so all we have to do is get a table and sit down and focus on each other as opposed to coming up with intermediary conversation while walking around in circles outside a smelly, crowded metro station. Are you excited to see me or do you not give a shit? I’ve gone out with guys and I’m questioning their hygiene. ’” I’ll admit, though, that part of me appreciates this casual way of courting.

It was too intense.” On the plus side, at least Marcel paid for the bill and had suggested an actual location for our rendez-vous, which is far more than I can say for previous dates I’d been on with French men and something I’d grown accustomed to back in New York.

It’s not so much about old-fashioned chivalry, but plain old generosity.

He did, however, begin caressing my forearm before we even ordered wine.

Now, let me be clear: Marcel was a handsome man and it sure felt tingly to be touched.

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After the usual exchange of Tinder pleasantries, he suggested we meet for a drink that night, but I was busy, so he asked for my number to connect on Whats App. At 36, I was burned out on dating in New York and sick of fielding questions about my love life from every aunt, neighbor, rabbi, and dental hygienist.

French guys really don’t play games — here’s what popped up on my phone the next day: “? But for all the parallels, there are about a dozen culture clashes that make finding a partner in this romantic city even more of a nightmare — just in completely different ways. If in New York you marshal an army of resources to pick the perfect first-date spot, here in Paris, men suggest just meeting at the metro and taking it from there.

It may be difficult to reprogram my brain from “slow and steady wins the race” to “the last one to the finish line loses,” but the fact of the matter is, if I’m going to live here, I have to learn to love here — on their terms.

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