Given the French woman’s flair for cookery, the males perhaps feel there is no need to bother learning, as this role will soon be taken over by the new woman in their lives. They particularly like to instruct whoever is listening on areas in which they believe they can exercise expertise: food, wine or indeed anything about France.So cooking something more advanced than spaghetti with ketchup and mayonnaise may be a little beyond them. They’re also genuinely surprised if you don’t know specific details about France, such as when Fillon was elected, or Delanoë’s favorite color.Nor did I know about this first date, second date and third date business.
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.
Don’t expect a French man, particularly a Parisian, to be able to do any household tasks unsupervised.
This domestic ineptness originates in the home: their mothers would have always done these tasks for them, and it doesn’t help that many French men don’t leave home until their midtwenties.
While British men are renowned for their aloof nature, and the Americans are juggling girlfriends, French men can come across as extremely keen.