| The most romantic places in Paris....
|| Facts about love and
It is not
easy to get married in Paris, but if you want a place to propose
to your loved one, here are a few suggestions :
- A cruise on
the "Bateaux Mouches" (or, better, a dinner cruise)
- A walk on Ile
Saint Louis (and an ice-cream at Berthillon...)
- A visit of the
Musée Rodin and lunch in the garden
- A concert in
- A visit of the
garden of Impressionist painter Claude Monet in Giverny (20 miles
NW of Paris) : any season but even Winter is spectacular
- A dinner in
one of the (expensive but beautiful) restaurants in a park :
Pavillon Montsouris 20 rue Gazan 75014 (Parc Montsouris), Pré
Catelan Route de Suresnes (Bois de Boulogne) : an unforgettable experience
- A cruise on
the Grand Canal (in the park of Versailles Castle) : read a charming letter from a visitor from
- Read : Thierry SOUFFLARD, The
Best Places to Kiss in Paris, Parigramme, 2002
- More to come
DID YOU KNOW
THAT.....? On Valentine's Day (Saint-Valentin, February
14), the city's 3,600 electronic billboards post love poems that
lovers send to each other (submit yours at 01 42 76 47 47) sometimes with a surprising message (by American standards). On 12 lines of the city's buses, comedians read love poems to
Names : When Mr.Frog marries Miss Jolie, according to a law
passed in 2005, they can choose the name of their children between Kid
Frog (most frequent), Kid Frog-Jolie (already traditional in
certain regions), Kid Jolie or Kid Jolie-Frog (both still very
unusual). When Mr Frog-Toad marries Miss Jolie-Mignonne, they
give a headache to city clerks....
Marriage : more and more couples are not married
(more than a half of children have un-married parents). The religious
ceremony has no legal value and is not always associated with
the marriage (only one religious ceremony out of three marriages).
The civil marriage takes place in the City Hall, is pronounced
by the Mayor or his/her deputy. The ceremony is brief and quite
unspectacular by American standards. The young couple receives
a "Livret de Famille" that they will have to keep for
the duration of their common life and which will bear the names
and information on birth and death of their children.
Since 2014, people of same sex have the same rights and the same ceremony.
"PACS" (Pacte Civil de Solidarité) is a
contract between two persons (men and/or women) which has the
legal effects of marriage in many matters (common property, tax
effects, social protection, etc...) but can be terminated like
any contract. It was created in 1998, it has developed very fast and
it is rather largely used among homosexual couples. The number
of PACS in 2007 was 103,012 (to compare to 266,500 marriages)
with 13,000 terminations (to compare to 140,000 divorces). Marriage between people of the same sex is legal since 2013.
Inheritance : in France you cannot (by law) desinherit your children : read about it.
Gender : since 2015, marriage applies equally to persons of the same sex.
Useful tips if you have (or consider having) a French boyfriend or girlfriend
French men grumble and raise their voice much more than any American man would do ; this (what most American women call) "verbal violence" does not have the same meaning in both cultures.
French women do not express themselves as openly as most American women would do : it does not mean that they do not have their own personal opinions but they do not express them the same way.
To understand more : read French Toast or Joie de Vivre
More about the French woman...
Getting married in Paris !!!
Can you think of anything more
romantic than getting married in Paris ?
- Check with the nearest French
- You need to have stayed in France
for a minimum of 3 months
- No religious constraint whatsoever
question (where, how, what, how much, ....)? For more details,
read AAWE book (in bibliography)
and why not ask a Wedding
Planning agency ?
and Philippe Rochefort at the City Hall of the 5th Arrondissement
of Paris, on their wedding in 197??)
Required documents (less
than 3 months old) :
- French residence permit or U.S.
- Birth certificate
- Certificate of celibacy (from
: American consulate)
- Affidavit of law (from : Attorney
licensed in both countries)
- Medical certificate (from :
- Proof of domicile (check with
In fact, it is much more difficult
than in the USA : if you absolutely want do do something
in Paris, why not check with one of the American
churches in Paris ? Among them, the American Church in Paris has a Wedding Ministry.
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Rochefort writes articles and books about France and the French.
Order her books :
- "Joie de Vivre", Secrets of Wining, Dining and Romancing like the French, St.Martin's Press, New York, 2012
- "French Toast, An American in Paris
Celebrates The Maddening Mysteries of the French", St.Martin's Press,
New York, 1999
- "French Fried, The Culinary Capers
of An American in Paris", St.Martin's Press, New York, 2001
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