Eric Philip (32, business supervisor, Meaux):
"Valentine's Day is a tradition; it would be wrong not to
celebrate it. In general, we go to a restaurant, but not necessarily
just us two, head to head. It is also a moment of conviviality.
It often happens that we look up couples we know and that we
all celebrate it together. But in any case I give at least one
rose to my wife to top it off."
Emmanuel Bonnay (22, military, Nancy): "I still
opt for the flowers, but nowadays it is a big armful of flowers
or jewelry. I try to approach it from the stance of what would
give her the most pleasure. But it is a little sad to wait for
Valentine's Day to give presents; I give them all year long,
without any specific reason, even if it is only a trifle. But
those on Valentine's Day are often bigger."
Yvonne Liufau (22, student, Nouvelle-Calédonie):
"The prettiest way to celebrate Valentine's Day would be
to celebrate it on my island, but that is not possible right
now. So without a doubt we will go to a restaurant, but nothing
is planned in advance. I don't know yet what I'm going to give
him, but there will be a gift. I only do that on these occasions
or for celebrations and birthdays. Valentine's Day is an extra
Yves Kérivel (65, engineer, Le Havre): "Because
of my work, I am rarely at home for Valentine's Day. So, old-fashioned,
I always order a bouquet for my spouse so that she receives it
the same day. Between us, it is a little Valentine's Day each
time I return: I often bring back for her a little gift from
the place where I was. In 42 years of marriage , I have never
forgotten a single Valentine's Day."
M.-Cl. Petitgenêt (53, no profession, Béziers):
"We only celebrate it with a toast, that's all. I don't
normally like imposed celebrations too much already, and here
is a truly commercial holiday. We feel like it has only been
created for us to spend our money. And why should someone wait
for a certain date to give presents or to make one's love happy?"
Translated by David Sadegh