They are getting to know you as a person, not you as an object.It's also the easiest way to keep from getting into a 'relationship'.The French do not agree with my viewpoint on the subject.
*note: This only applies to the 'true French'; meaning those who were raised in France.
Also, it does not mean 100% of what I say is correct.. * In America Dating is considered a sort of test, a prerelationship try period in which you go out, get to know the person.
In the French culture kissing/affection is considered something big- often shared between boyfriends/girlfriends that are exclusive.
First, it's often rare for two people to go out alone... Second, affection is saved for a 'sure thing'; if kissing is started it's considered as if there's something between the two people and beyond three it's considered like an exclusive thing...
It's not a 'tie down' or a concept that you are automatically exclusive with a person.
In the States we discuss serious relationships after quite a few dates; kissing, affection or hugging are normal in dating..It will only lead to broken hearts and misunderstandings...that way it's better to detail from the start the intentions.While living in France, either on exchange or temporary stay, one might come across the possibility of dating a French person.I recently came across this issue from a good friend of mine, exasperated about a few dates she went on and confused about the body language.then you can present the person as your boyfriend/girlfriend.