How to Meet and Date Rich Men in France

The French are essentially a nation of individualists – even Charles de Gaulle once famously complained about the difficulties of governing a country that had 246 different kinds of cheese. However despite their notorious propensity to follow their own way, the French are difficult not to admire, envy and love. This coupled with the traditionally strong position that France has held in the global economy, this is one of the best places to take your romantic life a notch higher.

Meet the Whiz Kids of Finance

Financial services, banking and the insurance sector are an important part of the economy Euronext Paris, the French branch of the NYSE Euronext group is Europe's 2nd largest stock exchange market, behind the London Stock Exchange. French companies also maintain key positions in the insurance and banking industries – for instance AXA is the world's largest insurance company. The leading French banks are BNP Paribas and the Crédit Agricole, ranking as the world's 1st and 6th largest banks in 2010 by assets, while the Société Générale group was ranked the world's 8th largest in 2009. Thus bankers, hedge fund managers, insurers and other professionals of the finance industry could make some of the most eligible dates in France. if you wish to meet them, drop in at the cafes and pubs of La Défense, the largest dedicated business district in Europe Around its Grande Arche and esplanade ("le Parvis"), La Défense contains many of the Paris urban area's tallest high-rises, and is home to no fewer than 1,500 corporate head offices, including those of 15 of the top 50 companies in the world. Likewise in Marseille Prado is the main financial district while Part-Dieu is the main business district of Lyon.

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The Wealth of the Land

Agriculture is thus an important sector of France's economy: 3.8% of the active population is employed in agriculture, whereas the total agri-food industry made up 4.2% of French GDP in 20051. Large tracts of fertile land, the application of modern technology, and EU subsidies have combined to make France the leading agricultural producer and exporter in Europe and representing 20% of the EU's agricultural production as well as the world's third biggest exporter of agricultural products. Wheat, poultry, dairy, beef, and pork, as well as an internationally recognized processed foods are the primary French agricultural exports. Rosé wines are primarily consumed within the country, but champagne and Bordeaux wines are major exports, being known worldwide. Wine production accounts for a significant amount of the economy in Aquitaine region while Bourgogne and champagne are produced in Champagne-Ardennes. so book yourself on a winery tour through the exquisite vineyards of France or plan to attend a country fair or rural festival since such activities will bring you closer to the successful singles among farmers, wine growers and other budding rural entrepreneurs.

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France is the second-largest trading nation in Europe. The principal French exports to the United States are aircraft and engines, beverages, electrical equipment, chemicals and luxury products. Of these luxury good like apparel, accessories, perfumes and cosmetics has been an important source of budding as well as established millionaires. With a net worth of $41 billion USD, Bernard Arnault is not only the richest man in France but of the continent as well. Little wonder then that he should be the fourth wealthiest billionaire in the world, preceded only by Carlos Helu, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet , according to Forbes 2012 List of World’s Billionaires2. Bernard Arnault is the owner of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy or LVMH, the world's largest luxury goods empire. Though coming after Lilliane Bettecourt – who again owes her $24 billion fortune to cosmetic giant L'Oréal– in the French Rich list, Francois Pinault ranks as the second richest man in France with a net worth of $13 billion. Pinault went on to make a fortune in retail, especially of luxury goods. He is the majority shareholder of PPR, the fashion conglomerate that owns high-end fashion houses including Gucci, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent. The group also owns sports and lifestyle brands Puma and Volcom. Again With a net worth of $7.5 billion the Wertheimer brothers – Alaine and Gerard – are the joint owners of Chanel which has a range of luxury products in apparel, accessories and perfume. thus if you too want to foster the company of successful French men, you would do well to set your sights on the rising as well as established stars of French luxury brands.

Frequent Upscale destinations

Paris is a gourmet’s delight and a great way to meet men who can afford the best is to head for the fine dining establishments of the city. there are several Michelin-starred fine dining venues run by master chefs where the offerings are nothing short of culinary masterpieces. One of these is the L’Agape in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, in the Wagram-Villiers area. For a more contemporary feel you can book tables at the Guy Savoy which boasts of three Michelin stars and is located near the Arc de Triomphe. And what better way to chat up a potential French date than by seeking his input on the lovely wines of his country. You can sample the most elite of French wines, like the small-production wines from Beaujois and Loire at the select wine bars or bistros a vins or try a variety of wines at the newer caves a manger that are wine shops also serving food. While the cafes dotting Champs Elysees have become touristy in recent years, the La Palette, the Le Café du Marché and Café Daguerre on the Left Bank as well as the La Perle, Delaville Café, Chez Prune and Le Pause Café on the Right Bank are some excellent places to mingle with successful locals while having a coffee or tucking into a delicious pastry.

Apart from Paris, other major cities of France like Lyon and Marseilles too have upscale hangouts frequented by the swish set of the city. In Lyon, Georges Five is a relatively new wine bar offering very wide selection of wines, ranging from small local producers to the most famous and sought-after names besides stocking top-quality food: ham, cheese. At Lyon, also check out the quai Albert Augagneur which is another centre of the city nightlife. Along the Rhone River are several out of duty riverboats that serve as nightclubs or bars. In Marseilles, Le Mystik is a chic club located near avenue de luminy and Le Flamingo is another one of city’s upscale clubs, located on Rue Venture. Some of the most exclusive restaurants in the city patronized by the wealthy are La Table du Fort which is consistently ranked among the city's best and specializes in seafood and fish dishes as well as Le Petit Nice Passédat - A 3-star Michelin restaurant on a idyllic location by the sea, facing the islands and held by local celebrity chef Gérald Passédat which ranks among Southern France's very best restaurants

Be a part of affluent Neighborhoods

Then again one of the most effective ways to meet successful singles is to become a familiar face in their neighbourhoods. And in France this is not a very tall order since the country has one of the highest numbers of millionaire households. At 20,000 millionaire households, France was one of the largest economies of the world to experience a substantial jump in the number of its millionaires3. From 2010 to 2011, the number of French households with a net worth exceeding $1 million rose by 10,000. In Paris, wealth is heavily concentrated in the western suburbs of the city, notably Neuilly-sur-Seine, which is actually one of the wealthiest areas of France. Brotteaux is the wealthiest district in Lyon as it lies next to the beautiful Tête d'Or park.

Go an Extra Mile

Finally it would be good to bear in mind that French are some of the most creative and stylish people in the world. So try and pick up a few ways of endearing yourself to French men since the successful and single ones especially could be finicky in their choice of partners. For one Learn a bit of their language since the French are highly possessive about their culture, art and language. If you are going on a date with a French partner or simply hanging out with a friend, be prepared for lengthy conversations about French culture and French life. If you wish to highlight your own culture and country, use a little wit and finesse to make your point since the French are more appreciative of the urbane and sophisticated approach. When discussing arts, politics and culture with the French, ask intelligent questions and avoid remarks that stand on stereotypes and hearsay. It is not for nothing that Paris is reputed as the nerve center of international couture. You only have to take one look at the women dressed in elegant and attractive clothes walking down the Champs Elysees to understand why the French are considered to be trendsetters in fashion and style. But the real secret behind their classy looks is that they always know what works for them individually. Thus when going out with a friend or date here, smarten yourself up. There is no need to squeeze yourself in a size zero gown when you are merely going out for cocktails, but make an effort with your dress and makeup or personal grooming. Elegance is the key word here so go for a style that is classy and timeless if you wish to attract men with deep pockets and sense of discrimination.

References:

  1. A panorama of agriculture and agri-food industries - Agriculture – an asset for France
     
  2. Forbes - The world’s billionaires
     
  3. MSN Canada - Countries with the most millionaires