Nor did I know about this first date, second date and third date business.
In France, it’s very common for a girl to go out to dinner with a male friend.
Aside from being on different pages about the kids thing, Sonja and Edgar seem pretty compatible.
He's a French-native hotelier who splits his time between New York and Paris.
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.
She dropped out of high school to enter beauty school but later regrets this as she finds beauty school not what she thought it would be.
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).
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.
His two most recent accomplishments were reopening the bar at Hotel le Bristol in Paris as its artistic director, and working as an events and PR manager at the W Doha Hotel in Qatar, which was the first W Hotel to open in EAME (Europe, Africa, and the Middle East).
He also serves on the board as a Junior Committee member at the New York Center for Children, a charity that fights child abuse.
It is so funny to see how some social behaviors are exactly the same between France and the US, and others are completely different. Well, this was a big shock to me when I arrived in the US. I understood of course a man and a woman could be interested in each other in a romantic way, let me reassure you.