Schools were only the best place to meet a future spouse for the Echo Boomers (age 18-27).
Another very common avenue of meeting a life partner was being introduced through friends, especially for older people over the age of 59.
Nor did I know about this first date, second date and third date business.
Neither of us would have been patient enough for that!
But I would never do that to my Dad who would be very upset if I did. When I meet a man and I am without my husband, I’ll place within the first minutes of the conversation that “my husband blablabla… That usually is enough to make my state of mind really clear.
I did the same thing as a girl, talking about my boyfriend (actually existing or not) early on in the conversation. And some people are just not faithful, but contrary to popular opinion, it’s not worse in France than anywhere else (and several studies demonstrate it). It’s in our genes and it’s socially accepted in France.
It's not so easy to go out to bars and clubs when you have parenting duties as well, so the social circle may be limited to the people you meet in the workplace.
People who have been through divorce can also be a bit more cautious or even jaded about love and marriage.