Flirting in French: 25 Head-Turning Phrases You Need To Know

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Want to learn how to flirt in French? Because the language is known for being beautiful, romantic, and poetic, there are plenty of French pick up lines and other cute French sayings to choose from.

However, before you learn these flirtatious phrases you should know a little bit about French culture – especially if you’re thinking of saying these phrases when you visit France.

25 Cute French Sayings & Pick Up Lines

French people don’t date or flirt the way Americans do. For example, a kiss in France means that you are now an exclusive couple. So don’t be surprised if you find it hard to flirt in France.

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The French are quite reserved, and while there are some pick up lines listed here, you will rarely hear them. In fact, some are simply funny sayings you’ll hear among your friends. Others are more like compliments that you can use with a partner or spouse.

Check out this video to learn more and then keep scrolling for more French pick up lines!

Remember: the French like to be respected and they want their partners to act natural. So if you find someone attractive, your best bet is to forget the cheesy pick up lines and be yourself. But enough about culture, here are our top 25 flirtatious phrases and sayings!

Est-ce que ton père a été un voleur? Parce qu’il a volé les étoiles du ciel pour les mettre dans tes yeux.

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This is a classic French pick up line that is rarely used, unless you want to make someone laugh! It translates to, “Is your father a thief? Because he stole the stars from the sky to put into your eyes.” 

T’as d’beaux yeux, tu sais?

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This French pick up lines means, “You have pretty eyes, you know?” It’s actually a famous reference from the French film, “Le Quai des Brumes.” 

J’ai eu un coup de foudre!

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In French, “le coup de foudre” literally means a strike of lightning, but it can also mean, “love at first sight.” So this phrase is another way of saying, “I fell head over heels.” Romantic French phrases like this one are sure to melt hearts!

Tu veux sortir avec moi?

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This phrase means, “Do you want to go out with me?” But be careful, as it can be used romantically or simply among friends! 

Si on prenait un verre un de ces quatres?

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Use this phrase if you want to invite someone for a drink. It literally means, “What if we grabbed a drink one of these days?” 

Je t’apprécie.

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The verb apprécier generally means “to appreciate (someone or something).” However when you use it in this way, it means “I like you” or “I have a crush on you.” 

Tu me manques.

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Contrary to what you might think, this phrase actually means, “I miss you”! It literally translates to, “You are missing from me.” 


Simple, straightforward and to-the-point, this French phrase means, “Kiss me!” 

Je t’aime.

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The verb aimer can mean either “to like” or “to love.” But if you want to say “I love you” to your special someone, you’d use this phrase. 

Je suis tombé amoureux.

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Someone swept you off your feet? This phrase is how you say, “I fell in love,” if you’re a man. 

Je suis tombée amoureuse. 

If you’re a woman who’s fallen in love, use this version of the above phrase.

Un beau gosse. 

“Un beau gosse” is one of the cute French sayings you’d use to describe a good-looking guy, or “a hunk.” The French use this all the time with their partners, or jokingly among friends.

Tu es beau. 

Simply put, “Tu es beau” or “T’es beau” means, “You are handsome.” Saying compliments in French is an easy way to get someone’s attention!

Une belle gosse.  

Similar to “Un beau gosse,” this is a phrase to describe a good-looking girl.

Tu es très jolie.   

This is a phrase that can be said to a woman to tell her that she looks pretty.

Je te trouve belle.  

This phrase literally translates to, “I find you beautiful,” and it’s interchangeable with the one above.

T’es canon, toi! 

You can never go wrong with compliments in French. This expression means, “You’re hot!” You can say it as a joke or when you really mean it, and it can be used for either a male or female. 

Mon amour. 

Use this phrase as a pet name for a partner, meaning “My love.” This one can also be used for both men and women.

Mon chéri.  

This is a cute saying for your male partner that means, “My dear.”

Ma chérie. 

This version of the above pet name can be used for the special lady in your life.

Ma belle. 

Another adorable name to call your girlfriend or wife, this phrase means, “My beautiful one.”

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French Pick Up Lines to Avoid

Now, in France it’s common also to hear the phrases below. However, be forewarned: these are some of the worst ways to flirt in French.

These phrases are quite rude and not very well accepted. You should avoid using these catcalls, but be aware of their meanings!


This is like saying “Hey miss!” Oftentimes, it’s yelled out while a woman is walking on the street, and it’s not generally acknowledged.

Tu as un 06?

In France, cell phone numbers begin with 06 (and now 07). So when someone asks this question, they’re asking if you have a phone number and hoping you’ll give it to them.

Souris un peu.

Another common catcall meaning “Smile a bit,” this is something French women generally don’t like to hear.

T’es charmante.

“You’re charming” is perfectly fine if you’re on a date, but it’s often something that is called out on the street, which women typically walk right past.

Do you know any other cute French sayings, or phrases for flirting in French? Share them with us in the comments below! To work on your French accent so you can really nail these phrases like a native, check out the French classes online at TakeLessons Live.

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  1. amol joshi
    amol joshi says:

    Setting standards around flirting and communicating on the subject is key—especially if you or your partner is a flirt. Do you consider smiling and complimenting strangers flirting? Or does flirting usually involve touching and being sexually suggestive to friends, coworkers, or acquaintances? The boundaries around flirting outside of a monogamous relationship need to be discussed and decided by the people in the relationship, because some may see their partner’s kindness and charm as flirtation, whereas others may be totally fine with that stuff.


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