French may be the most romantic language in the world, but that should come as no surprise when you consider the French culture’s reputation for romance and tragedy. French has long had a reputation as the language of love, dating back to the 18th century when French was the language of aristocracy, courtship, chivalry and the arts.
The French language also has a rich literary tradition, with many famous poets and writers writing beautifully and extensively about love and loss, such as icons like Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas, who were influenced by the Romanticism era of the 19th century. Famous french films like Amelie (2001) and Amour (2012) have further solidified its reputation as the language of romance.
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You can see this perception everywhere today. Rose asks Jack to “draw me like one of your French girls” in Titanic (1997). Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw jumping on a flight to Paris to fight for her love. Gossip Girls’ Blair Walforf runs to Paris to escape heartbreak and find her one great love. And in Emily in Paris, Emily navigating love affairs galore in Paris… Famed as the City of Love itself. Très romantique!
While it may be clichéd, it’s hard not to imagine romance when you think about strolling around Le Marais, cruising down the Seine, popping a bottle of champagne at the top of the Eiffel Tower, or saying ‘je t’aime’ at the Wall of Love in Montmartre. It all sounds idyllic, but the French culture and language reminds us of the beauty of love and romance.
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