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Initially, I had absolutely no idea he was French; I just thought he was cute. Actions and words can mean completely different things to different cultures. Although he had warned me of these things earlier in our relationship, I refused to believe him.
But, I soon realized it had less to do with him and more to do with the dating culture of France. I had never dated a French man before, and he had never dated an American woman before. I began to believe he just didn't want to meet my friends, but he explained to me the language barrier complicated things.
One of the first things he told me was when two people kiss in France, they are automatically "together. I wish I had known these things when we first started dating.