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And whether it’s dressing stylishly, eating healthily, rearing the perfect child or maintaining marital harmony, those Gauls really do like us to think they have it all taped.

Which is why Mireille Guiliano’s French Women Don’t Get Fat not only sold by the cartload abroad but spawned dozens of like-minded titles, designed not so much to improve foreigners’ quality of life as impress upon them quite how uniquely civilized the French are.

It has been exclusively cordoned off for French women, who long ago realized that sharing their diet and style tips or handing over the number of their (excellent) dermatologist - even to their best friends - is a fool’s game known as “cosmetic kamikaze” amongst the French non-sisterhood.

It’s every woman for themselves in this brittle, competitive land.The French often meet their significant other through their social circle at group get-togethers rather than “date" people they hardly know.The way the French respond to another's interest in them, their accepted behavior during courtship and how their relationships progress can baffle an American seeking love in France.Tom is the only French guy I’ve ever dated, so I had it easy when it came to the whole French dating game. Our relationship developed from genuine friendship and wasn’t rushed or forced.He’s really easy going, spoke a good level of English when we met and was familiar with American culture from TV and movies (and what did I know about French dating culture at the time? But as time went on and we discovered more about dating customs in our respective countries, we felt lucky to have found each other and just let things work naturally.Dating isn’t really a game at all and is straightforward and uncomplicated.