Over a couple glasses of wine, a business acquaintance from France quickly became an intimate friend as we discussed the differences in dating in France and America. I tried to explain exactly what "hooking up" could encompass and that dating was a game with strict rules (including 1. Double the amount of time between his response time and your own. 2. Continue to see other people until you are exclusive.). She voiced her frustration at these unnecessary complications and laughed when I told her how couples become "official" over here. (Her exact words were, "We stopped saying that when we were ten!")
In Elaine Sciolino's new book, La Séduction, former New York Times Paris bureau chief tries to uncover how France and the French succeed at charming the rest of the world -- and each other. From the social bise andbaisemain, or traditional kiss of the hand greeting, to the multiple definitions of seduire, and even the overtly sexual commercials, Sciolino covers them all.
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