And the city in France with the most single people is...? Photo: Messy Cup Cakes/Flickr
Traditionally Valentine's Day is never a good time to be single, especially in Paris, where amorous couples flock to each year to declare love for one another at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
So perhaps it's time to look further afield and a new study released on Wednesday will give you a helping hand.
Linternaute.com has published the results of a study to find out which city in France has the greatest percentage of single people.
And it turns out the singles capital of France is the northern city of Lille, famed for its large student population and attractive nightlife.
Of the forty-odd towns studied, Lille came in first place with a promising 60.2% of the population not currently taken for, which represents about 115 547 single people out of the adult population of 191 925.
Hot on Lille’s tracks came the eastern city of Nancy, where 59.5% are currently commitment free and then the renowned student city of Rennes, in Brittany where 57% of the population are still looking for love.
The study was based on on the latest data from France's national statistics agency, INSEE , from 2010, and focused on singles over the age of 15 in towns with more than 100 000 inhabitants.
The report indicates that "singles make up the majority oft he population in these young student cities."
The cities of Toulouse, Bordeaux and Rouen, also ranked in the top ten, but Paris, the so-called City of Love, was ranked down in 17th place.
With an adult population of 1, 922 108, Paris had only 996 608 singles.
However, watch out when it comes to the Lillois. Although the number of married people stands at 27.9 percent, that figure represents one of the lowest rates among the major cities studied. So it seems the Lillois aren’t looking for anything serious.
See if you can win one over, if only for a Valentine’s Day date.
by Isy Orange