obsession about French people you’ve lived under a rock.
About the men as well as the women being - how can I say, somewhat holier than thou, sexier, better lovers, well cultured, better dressed, cooler, whatever?
Let’s start with Serge Gainsbourg - an alcoholic, chain-smoking singer - who by his own admission was not exactly an oil painting. – he nonetheless managed to seduce the stunning Carole Bouquet and Karine Silla to name a few.
He habitually made fun of his much prized, exaggerated features, his nose, his ears, referring to the thing that balanced on top of his neck as a ‘cabbage head’. Just ask the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin. Then there’s Daniel Auteuil and the 10-year relationship he had with Emmanuelle Béart? (Ok, he’s also a movies star but apart from that there’s nothing to write home to mom about).
This cult within the world of dating and romance, disregarding the current political climate, puts a premium on strictly French national origin to match the heritage of the woman being American.
What’s more, the irreverent troublemaker spoke openly about his addictions, burnt cash on television programmes and thought nothing of recounting his sexual adventures with underage girls. That’s right, some of the worlds top beauties lined up in droves to be with the anti-hero. Kind of kooky, with wild unkempt hair, and a three-day growth, the unlikely screen idol, Romain Duris is the latest because of his acting ability. These men are far from being the prize catch in the looks department, so what is it about them that makes women swoon? Myth Number 2: French men know how to dress Ok, there are basically 3 different types of French dude.
Ok, so let’s summarize our case study as being provocative, talented and yet vulnerable. In my opinion, the interesting ones, like the artists etc dress in a pretty grungy way, and look like they picked up the first thing they found on the floor that morning - or got dressed in the dark (more likely).
When he met my uncle he shook his hand, when he met his wife Sue, she automatically shook hand.
I didn’t know at the time, but this exchange was a ‘WTF? Later that evening he found me in the bathroom and shut the door.