What about the Valentine’s day in France , the country of romanticism ! 

What a great opportunity for me to talk about love and how we celebrate Valentine’s day in France. But that will be my point of view as a french woman married and living with two adorable kids !


Why celebrate romance and romantic love on the 14th of February ? 

The origin of this lovers' celebration is quite vague, and the hypotheses are numerous. It could come from the Antiquity. I won't get into the details here.
But I have heard also another story : It seems that in France in the 20’s and 30’s, confectioners wanted an additional date to sell chocolates between Christmas and Easter. They found here the way to sell more chocolates in order to celebrate love and romance. Business is business...


Do you think that everyone is celebrating Valentine’s day in France?

Not really, definitely not the students. It is more a story of couple. Usually we offer chocolates, roses (red or white, and definitely not yellow roses…because that may be considered as infidelity.) or jewels for the wealthiest.
Compared to other countries, the French are not the kind of people who give a card for the valentine’s day, or maybe just a few people, but it is just for people we are really in love.
Most of the people typically like to have a romantic evening or going out in a restaurant.
And What if your husband could cook for you for this special evening ! That will be gorgeous, right ? And don't forget the bottle of good wine.


Do you know some French sweet words that sound romantic ? 

  • « mon amour, je t’aime » ( = my love, i love you, i am in love with you)
  • You could use adorable nicknames for your sweetheart such as  : « ma chérie » , « mon chéri », mon amour, … 

French words about Love and Valentine's day

What about some romantic places to go?

I am sure you would love to go to Paris and enjoy a stay in one of the most romantic places in the world : you could spend the day or the week-end in the city, walking along the Seine, having a coffee or a glass of wine in a lovely little bar near St Germain… You could even enjoy go shopping and find your little piece of happiness.

But did you know that in France the place to be could be also the village of Saint Valentin ! Indeed, there is a lovely village in the Loire valley called Saint Valentin, the village of love. You would discover celebrations, thousand of red roses everywhere, you would definitely share a kiss in the lovers’ garden in the village. And you can even leave a message of love in the "Tree of Vows".

If you want to have more information about this village, go on this website. Some information are available in english.

Village Saint Valentin in France

Love's garden in Saint Valentin in France


To conclude, I would quote Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist, and pioneering aviator (1900 - 1944) : 

« Aimer, ce n’est pas se regarder l’un l’autre, c’est regarder dans la même direction.»


ShopFrenchy wishes you a lot of love and happiness.


Credit photos: Hellio et Van Ingen - ADT Indre - Séverine PASCAL-MOUSSELARD / ADTI