But thing’s never remain the same and sadly I lost my husband three years ago and found myself a widow.That was a difficult period and despite all the kindness and help from my close and supportive friends, I felt very alone.” Like so many people living here in France who do find themselves alone for one reason or another, she eventually thought about how it may be possible to meet someone new.‘I joined a few French dating sites and met some very nice people.

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Katie May is an expat living in the Provence area of France.

Home is shared with her dog and “three orphan kittens, which is two more than I need.

The first thing I think of when I think of France is Paris and the romantic sidewalk cafes and strolling with that special someone down the Champs-Élysées.

Much like Spain, Germany, and Italy, France has an active online dating market.

French films like Amelie and French perfume commercials have programmed us to believe that natural, exciting, electrifying, romance inevitably materializes simply by setting foot in the country.

We imagine love comes easy to the Gallic people with their poetic, seductive language and their no-fuss approach to romance.Sweet as they are, they cause furry havoc in my home and garden”.Katie and her husband moved to Provence almost a decade ago and tells us “I love everything about Provence, it’s heaven and I’m so lucky to live here.Are dating websites changing the dating game in France?The Local has taken a look at a study on French online dating habits, released in by Ined, an Institute for National Demographics Studies. Meet thousands of fun, attractive, France men and France women for FREE. Click on any of the cities in France below to meet members looking to chat with you.