The game is the main point, it’s relatively innocent and usually no-one gets hurt, just a little blushed :-) With kissing hi and goodbye being the standard and French women being more “flirtatious”, it can be difficult for foreigners to correctly read a French woman’s body language.I guess since there is no set protocol, French women are pretty obvious, and often more direct than other women. It’s unlikely they’ll refuse to take it further, but not unheard of.

Now, not everybody does that of course, some girls like to play, and sometimes lose themselves in the game, or hurt people. A Frenchwoman is expected to play her feminine side, and be “admired” for her beauty and wit among other qualities.

Frenchmen like to flirt as well, even if they know very well there is no hope of it leading anywhere.

And if you like this article, you’ll probably enjoy my “French women beauty secrets” article.

And for more about “l’amour” (grammar, French love vocabulary, cultural tips) in France, check out my Saint Valentin article.

Maybe that’s why things take a bit more time to develop in France – we like the game, and we like to take our time playing it.

It’s actually the first point they made in this video, which I really liked: I hope this article shed some light on the French dating system… Of course, this is only my opinion – please take it as such.

For that reason I recently interviewed the fab Body Language Expert Sharon Jakubecy to find out what we should be looking for in terms of body talk when flirting, pursuing love, being in a long term relationship and dating.

You can read excerpts of this interview on Yahoo Shine and g URL but this is the only place to find our full conversation about the body language of love. Many of us aim to ignite the passion of a special someone.

I guess it’s much more accepted in France for men and women to be friends.

However, if a woman is dining with a man, you can bet he will pick up the check. I usually trick them by asking to be excused (as if I was going to the lady’s room, grab the waiter and give him my credit card).

But I would never do that to my Dad who would be very upset if I did. When I meet a man and I am without my husband, I’ll place within the first minutes of the conversation that “my husband blablabla… That usually is enough to make my state of mind really clear.