People read Proust, or Marivaux, and assume Paris is the most romantic city in the world. If you are neither faux-ugly nor faux-romantic, don't bother.
But there are a few things you can do to help your cause: Don't shave too closely.
“In France, it’s very common for men to compliment women - even if they’re not dating - so you need to make a special effort," says Lepère.
"Foreign men are often surprised, because it seems as though French people are flirting all the time.
I’m a French native with Caribbean origins living in New York for a few years and have seen it all. I remember that episode of Law and Order in which a mother, native from France, was getting crazy and overwhelmed over the abduction of her son. ) What is true though is that most, French girls like lingerie, style and proper manners. French women are not as direct as New York women, when it comes to the dating chase. – If you chose another kind of date, make sure it’s cosy and not too loud. Open the exclusivity subject beforehand so you don’t get any surprise. (you may quickly run out of baseball bases;-)) – Go with the flow.
I’ve met people from different countries, different American states etc. They excused her behavior by the fact that she was French. If you want to be more subtile, tell her that you know the French rules ( See explanations below).
– Be groomed (shaved, nice hair cut) – Put on a nice perfume – Compliment her on her outfit or her look – Pay for dinner or the date – Don’t talk about salary. A couple can be ok to fill in the blanks or make her laugh. And then, foie gras on toast with a tiny layer of liquid honey, or perhaps some oysters and white wine. They'll prepare something like a stew ahead of time and then fill in with some store-bought delicacies.For dessert, the French will have everyone move from the dining room table to the living room for liqueurs and more champagne and dessert. Men like Serge Gainsbourg or Vincent Cassel are the ultimate sex symbols in France. They are cultured and elegant, but they are nonchalant about their culture and their elegance. That casualness, that carelessness, is to me a very Parisian quality. That same nonchalance must apply to seduction as well. But romanticism is a fantasy that has no place in real life.