Zut Alors! : International Survey Unearths the Truth About Cheating Across the Channel

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A OnePoll survey, comissioned by IllicitEncounters.com, has directly compared French and British attitudes to sex and fidelity, with astounding results.

Results of the survey are downloadable from PRWeb

We often hear people say that the French are considerably more open-minded and tolerant when it comes to taking lovers, but in truth, it is the Brits who are far more drawn to the Illicit Encounter. The results actually show that the French take monogamy far more seriously than we do, and would be far less willing to ‘work through it’ if their partner was to stray.

An international survey of attitudes to adultery has found the English are far more unfaithful than the French.

The IllicitEncounters.com 'Cheating Across the Channel' survey, conducted by OnePoll, quizzed 2,500 people from France and 2,500 from the UK on their attitudes to sex and infidelity. The survey found that 32% of Brits admit to having cheated on a partner, compared with just 23% of French respondents.

In addition, the results show that the British are more tempted by the idea of illicit sex; 13% of UK respondents said they would cheat if they could guarantee they “would not be caught”, with only 7% of French respondents feeling the same.

Despite all this, the belief that British people are staid and dull in their sexual habits still persists. 15% of French respondents used the words “prudish” and “bashful” to describe the British attitude to sex. In contrast, the French people seem to fall victim to just as many stereotypes; 23% of British respondents described the French as “promiscuous” in the survey, and 28% admitted they thought of the French as “less monogamous” than the British.

The survey also showed a clear disparity between British and French attitudes to political and celebrity affairs. A whopping 53% of Britons say they would lose faith in a politician if he/she were reported to have cheated; only 6% of French people feel the same. 16% of Britons believe the public ‘have a right to know’ whether a public personality has cheated; that figure was just 6% in the French survey. This desire held by the British public, and its media, to see the affairs of famous people ‘outed’ can be illustrated by the recent Sarkozy Scandal. France’s First Lady Carla Bruni’s extramarital relationship rumours were reported in British press well before newspapers across the Channel published the allegations.

Anglo/French cross-cultural expert Patrice Leriche, Director of IFLB , says of the findings, “In France, people’s private lives are protected by Article 9 of the Civil Code, 1970. Politicians and such would only have details printed about their personal lives if they agreed to it. Gossip culture does not really exist in France as it does in Britain. Most citizens believe it is important to keep such dalliances away from their family and social circle.”

“This is not to say the French do not cheat; they simply keep their affairs firmly behind closed doors, and it is unlikely, even on an anonymous form, they would admit to infidelity.”

Adam Scott, CEO of IllicitEncounters.com, explains the survey was intended to unearth the truths about infidelity in France; “We often hear people say that the French are considerably more open-minded and tolerant when it comes to taking lovers, but in truth, it is the Brits who are far more drawn to the Illicit Encounter. The results actually show that the French take monogamy far more seriously than we do, and would be far less willing to ‘work through it’ if their partner was to stray.”

“However, the stereotype of the French being more relaxed about sex, and the figures which show they cheat less, certainly don’t contradict one another. Extramarital affairs often arise out of non-communicative situations, where two partners do not feel comfortable discussing their sex life, and therefore seek out a fantasy elsewhere to fulfil that sole need. Perhaps if we as a nation were more at home with ourselves as sexually-liberated human beings, we would not need to compartmentalize fantasy and reality.”

IllicitEncounters.com currently has 470,000 members across the UK, and will be expanding internationally throughout 2010.

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