A QUESTION was posted to the forum recently from one half of a gay couple who asked if they would be accepted in a France.
Simon wrote: "As a gay couple would we have any adverse reaction? We aren't blind or unassuming that are life style isn't the norm but what's the French twist on things?"
My gut instinct is that there would be no problems, for example I knew of a handful of local shops run by gay couples in the village where I lived in the Dordogne that always seemed busy and they just got on with running their businesses.
However, I'm not naive to think that some people might find it a real problem to have a gay couple living close to them and life in the countryside can be a lonely existence if neighbours turn their backs on you.
One thing to remember is that the French state does allow gay couples to register under the Pacte civil de solidarité and the website of La France Gaie et Lesbienne provides a thorough English language description of civil partnerships.
And as a slight aside there has been much coverage in the past week of a book my Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe, who says that France is ready for its first gay president as he sets out his ambition to lead the opposition Socialist party.
But what would really help is if readers of the site could pass on their own experiences and provide Simon with some helpful advice, you can leave a comment below or if you prefer email me directly and I'll produce a follow up piece in a few days.
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