Given the size of Europe and the many different countries that exist within its borders, the dating customs from country to country vary.
Dating may also involve two or more people who have already decided that they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other.
It's customary in France for people to get to know each other slowly and allow romance to develop over time.
It is frequently said that people somehow just end up together.
Frenchmen actively pursue women and women don't display interest, not even eye contact, unless interested.
Dating in Germany is still more traditional than in the United States.