Despite his impeccable manners I notice how often he checks his smartphone (was that the Tinder logo app I briefly saw? He also asked me right away which university I went to in Paris (mmm...
I didn't really go you know, I was at a dance school while working in a flower shop that specialized in Rose Piaget on the weekends).
Or will you be The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower and find that love has been sitting right under your nose like Audrey Hepburn in While my Parisian love stories have been far from a string of scenes written for romantic comedies, I have come out of these six years with an understanding of how dating in Paris works, and perhaps a little bit more about myself. Before my arrival I was convinced that I was going to be swept off my feet by my French heartthrob, indie actor Louis Garrel, and that all French men looked like him.And within five weeks of launching in the UK, 25,000 people have signed up. In the old days online dating was an arduous business that involved writing long profiles and filling in elaborate questionnaires.“I have seen so many hot guys today that I wish I had been on happn,” tweeted one user. Now there’s an altogether simpler, more instant way to meet people, based on GPS technology in your smartphone. All you have to do is supply the skimpiest of personal information (and your Facebook network), upload a picture or two, and – bingo! Designed to facilitate what one French magazine racily refers to as des rencontres fugaces (fleeting encounters), happn operates within a radius of 250m, which is good news if you live in the capital, bad if it’s the Brecon Beacons.The e-mail intro she wrote to both of us in CC the minute I said yes presented each of us with an intense resume which made us both look like the veritable "Mark Zuckenberg" of our respective fields and generations (fashion for me, finance for him).Here I am, 7pm on a Thursday night, wearing a simple LBD (my grandmother Joan Burstein had told me earlier on the phone not to bring out the Alaïa on a first date—but rather, to go for the Rag & Bone), at the French restaurant Raoul chosen by my cavalier.Arguably the most romantic city in the world, Paris is a place for lovers.