Take it as flattery and be forward right back; the initial moments of uncovering a mutual attraction are incomparably enjoyable.
If you're a guy looking to snare a beautiful French woman in the Americas, then be prepared to bring your brain along for the ride.
After 20 years of happily ever after, my husband awoke one morning in our Paris apartment a changed man, a man in a midlife crisis. We already had two kids and I was the other side of 40.
He wanted to work endless hours, have a wife without children, hang with 30-year olds.
This mindset stuck and is still a part of the way French women in America define themselves today.
The only way to properly counter such confidence and independence is with wit, so you'll have to be sharp.
I met a scientist from the Pasteur Institute who was absolutely fascinating, but stoned out of his gourd and five years younger than he had claimed.