Perhaps a similar mentality also exists in France, between local men and women.
It’s easy to picture beautiful French couples effortlessly falling in love over a cigarette and a glass of red wine on a bistro terrace, the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the background.
For those hoping to charm their way into the lives of a French woman we've tracked down leading French behaviour expert Géraldine Lepère to make sure you do and say all the right things, and avoid making a potentially relationship ruining gaffe.
From turning up the volume on your foreign accent to dressing like a native and complimenting your date at every possibility, Lepère, has all the advice you will need so your relationship does not end before that first kiss.
For many people making a romantic French connection is still thought of as the Holy Grail when it comes to finding a partner.
So to mark Valentine’s Day The Local has come up with some dating tips to help both men and women in their quest to find Gallic romance. Then where better to find one than France - the home of romance.