As in France, a game of chase and refusal must take place before any form of ‘date' will materialise.
In most European countries, rather than going on specific ‘dates' as you might in the US, getting to know someone romantically is far more casual: "Walks in the afternoon/evening which may be followed by an informal drink at a café or a bite to eat at lunchtime", or "meeting up in a group with friends" is not uncommon, says some European expats.
Here's a guide to take you through your first Euro date.
To gather real accounts of the European dating scene, last year we asked around 500 (mostly, but not exclusively, heterosexual) expats living in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland a series of up-close and personal questions about themselves, their relationships and their sex lives.
For French men, it's all about the chase, and playing ‘hard to get' is part of the game.
If you're interested in someone, maintain eye contact – if you aren't, don't.
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The dating game can be hard enough in your home country, and even trickier if you're navigating an international dating scene without knowing how the game is played.In most countries, the man may offer to pay the bill but he wouldn't automatically be offended if the woman suggested splitting the bill, or paying for the drinks or some other aspect of the ‘date', such as cinema or theatre tickets.After the first date, most people would probably expect to go Dutch (and not just in the Netherlands! Last year, a well-known romantic social networking site asked 13,000 members from around the world ‘Would you kiss on a first date?So what you say may be taken at face value – and you shouldn't always take to heart what's said to you. In the UK, drinking a vast amount of alcohol can be central in beginning a sexual relationship with someone.But the rule almost everywhere else in Europe is: don't.Flip-flops, shorts or scruffy clothes in general tend not to make a good impression in fashion-conscious Europe. In France, a man may be late but don't take it personally – French men are notoriously bad timekeepers.