Dating and finding love as an expat in France


With cultural barriers and different dating norms, finding love as an expat abroad can be exciting and challenging at the same time.

Is it easy to meet other fellow single people in France?

How do you go about meeting people (through friends, online dating, apps, meetup groups)?

How safe is it to date in France?

How do you deal with cultural differences when dating?

What are certain dating etiquettes and rules when dating in France?

How do you deal with getting into a serious relationship if you know you might be leaving France?

Thank you for sharing your experience,


There is only one way to meet people! You have to make the effort; be it clubs, on line wherever.
As for cultural differences: If you are from Asia there will be cultural differences but almost anywhere else the culture is similar so no problem.
Is it safe, yes providing you are not stupid! If you get drunk, for example, with people you don't know then you are asking for trouble.
As for the rest of your post, you really just have to 'do it'. Relationships are more or less the same all over the world.

I have found interesting input on this on the tv channel France24 in English. They did a program on dating and the cultural difference between dating in France if you are from Britain or elsewhere.

There are subtle differences in expectations, timing of the development of dating. It was light hearted and helpful.

Simply, it’s about communication. Are you expecting a developing, long-term relationship? Go slowly. Exercise control and nothing should advance more quickly than you are comfortable with. Let the other party know, in advance what you are looking for and need.

If you are looking at match-up websites, to play the field, increase your circle of “friends”, and circulate massively, play it cool!  Be gracious, kind, happy! Enjoy and good luck!

OK - what dating sites work well in France?

And, which do not?

Based on my own experience, it is very hard to meet different cultures in the middle. My 2 yr relationship with a french guy will just end up soon. I just decided returning to my country cos i just can’t go along with his french habits and french attitude anymore. I dont know if it is a french attitude or just his attitude. But seems like all of them in their family are like this. I just gave up. Lol and i will never again.

well, you are beautiful though. maybe it's just the cultural differences. i'm glad you are able to stand up for yourself and know your worth. :)

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