- France is one of the most romantic countries in the world. Paris on its own is enough to make strangers fall in love like novel characters. People from every corner of the world want to feel the energy of that unique town and beautiful country. But some couples did the opposite. They’ve let the whole world feel the beauty of French love without visiting France. We’ll talk about inspiring French love stories right after mentioning what makes French dating culture special.
French Dating Culture
In the past, French singles used to meet partners through friends or by accident. Even when modern dating sites became ultra-popular, most French singles didn’t want to try them. But that’s one of the traits in French dating etiquette that changed recently. It’s impossible to avoid the online dating hype. Singles in France started using dating sites the same as everybody else. That lets travelers visiting France start dating a French girl they meet on the local dating service. However, guys shouldn’t expect too much romance while chatting with French girls on the site. They don’t mind exchanging naughty photos on chat, but being dramatically romantic is not their thing. At least not at first. French people don’t take dating as seriously as Americans. There are no rules for dates like the number of dates before sex and stuff. They hang out and move forward if both of them realize they have the same feelings.
Another French dating custom is to show up late to dates, the same as being persistent in seduction. In France, no doesn’t always mean no, so it’s common for potential partners to start trying harder after the first rejection. That’s valid for meeting in person and online. There’s a myth that French girls have questionable morals and sleep with everyone they find. But that’s just a joke from TV shows. French people are naughty and open, but not too much. Sharing a kiss on the lips is the moment when most potential couples become exclusive. In some other countries kissing isn’t a big deal. However, French people say I love you sooner than people in most other countries.
Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte
The Emperors of France are the first inspiring couple on our list. They ruled France together for a while and eventually had to divorce. Everything started in 1795 when Josephine and Napoleon got together. Their love lasted for the rest of their lives, although Josephine was infertile and Napoleon wasn’t faithful. Regardless of their love, a couple separated. Not because of cheating, but because Napoleon needed a wife who could bear him an heir. Evidence of their love exists today in the letters Napoleon wrote to Josephine.
Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI
The story of this famous French couple looks like it belongs to Game Of Thrones. Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI were victims of an arranged marriage when they were 14 and 15 years old. Although Louis wasn’t showing much interest in Marie Antoinette at first, a couple stayed together until their last days. The two were different in many ways but still managed to work well together. Louis was well-educated, while Marie Antoinette cared more about fun than books. Most people know Marie Antoinette as a cruel woman who wondered why aren’t peasants eating cake instead of bread. None of that is true. She didn’t say the famous quote, and she wasn’t cruel. She adopted five poor children, so much about her cold heart. Guillotine ended both of their lives, but their story will live forever.
Edith Piaf and Marcel Cerdan
French cabaret singer Edith Piaf and boxing world champion Marcel Cerdan got together in 1948. Edith was married, but the passion she had for Marcel was stronger than marriage. Sadly, Marcel died in a plane crash in 1949, thus ending their love story. This famous couple never got married, and their affair lasted only one year, but Edith never forgot Marcel. At least from his side. Edith kept loving him even though she had two husbands. Her most famous song Hymne à l’amour was a tribute to Marcel, her soulmate.
Simone De Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre
A relationship between a philosopher and a feminist writer can be either perfect or hell. This French couple was lucky enough to have compatible intellects, so there was no clashing between them. In 51 years together, they never got married, got a household together, or had children. Simone was an inspiring lady; many French feminists deeply respect her.
Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni
Nothing without politics, but at least we’re talking about love today. The former president of France met stunning top model Carla Bruni at the peak of his power. The public was wondering if there’s any love in that relationship or just interest. He was leading France. She looked like a beautiful American actress. Carla proved she wasn’t there because of his power by giving him a beautiful daughter and standing with him through all the drama.
Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron
This French couple was on all the front pages when Emmanuel Macron became the president of France. Their movie-like story was fertile soil for the media. Emmanuel and Brigitte met when he was 17, and she was 41. Age is just a number, so mentor and student fell in love. Despite the efforts the Macron family put in, nothing could separate him from Brigitte. Ten years later, Brigitte left her husband and three children to be with Emmanuel. They’re living happily ever after.