One in five Parisians ‘has had over 30 sexual partners’

A survey looking at the sex lives thousands of Parisians has revealed exactly how many lovers (if we take their word for it) Parisians have had and in which arrondissement of the city locals have the most action (useful info for flathunters).

One in five Parisians 'has had over 30 sexual partners'
Where in Paris do they have the most sex? Photo: Roberto Alvarez.

The survey, carried out by the site Lebonbon, saw nearly 9,000 Parisians grilled about their sex lives.

And it helped confirm a few stereotypes about their appetite for romance and pleasures of the flesh.

Of those questioned, 20 percent, or one in five, admitted to having had more than 30 lovers in their lives, with over one in two Parisians somehow managing to have had more than 60 lovers.

Incredibly (or at least it seems that way to us) a quarter of all Parisians aged over 35 have bedded over 60 lovers.

Where do they find the time? Is it the long lunches?

Plus a quarter of those aged between 25 and 35 have had more than 30 lovers.

It must be all those holidays they get.

Sacre bleu!, we hear you say (except no one really says that in France). Although perhaps a more sobering stat is that around a third of those living in the City of Love have had 10 or fewer sexual partners.

There is a slight discrepancy between men and women, which Lebonbon suggests might be due to a tendency of men to brag and women to play down the reality.

While half of all men put on the spot revealed they had had at least 20 lovers (16 percent owned up to having over 60) only one third of women said they had slept with over 20 lovers (only three percent said they had over 60).

One interesting revelation made the survey, and one which may provide useful information for flathunters, concerned the areas of Paris where the locals have the most crac crac boum boum.

The arrondissements “les plus hots” were the 1st, 3rd and 4th arrondissements in the centre of the city as well as the trendy 10th where the city’s hipsters clearly enjoy “doing the dance of the wolf”. We can expect rent prices to shoot up in these areas now.

And the prudest locals were to be found in the plush 16th arrondissement as well as the 15th and 14th, which are known for being more family-dominated.

There wasn’t much action in the 7th, 5th or 2nd arrondissements either, according to the survey.

So if you’re living the life of someone in the 16th arrondissement and would love to be more like an over-35-year-old from the 10th arrondissement, maybe you should click on the link below.

ALL you need to know about sex with the French

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‘Painful’ – is Paris Charles de Gaulle airport really that bad?

Following a survey that said Paris Charles de Gaulle airport was the best in Europe, we asked Local readers what they thought...

'Painful' - is Paris Charles de Gaulle airport really that bad?

Recently, Paris Charles de Gaulle was voted the best airport in Europe by passengers.

The 2022 World Airport Awards, based on customer satisfaction surveys between September 2021 and May 2022, listed the best airport on the planet as Doha, while Paris’s main airport came in at number 6 – the highest entry for a European airport – one place above Munich. 

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Given CDG’s long-standing reputation doesn’t quite match what the World Airport Awards survey said – in 2009 it was rated the second-worst airport in the world, while in 2011 US site CNN judged it “the most hated airport in the world” – we wondered how accurate the survey could be.

So we asked readers of The Local for their opinion on their experience of Europe’s ‘best’ airport. 

Contrary to the World Airport Awards study, users erred towards the negative about the airport. A total 30.8 percent of Local readers – who had travelled through the airport in recent months – thought it was ‘terrible’, while another 33.3 percent agreed that it was ‘not great’ and had ‘some problems’.

But in total 12.8 percent of those who responded to our survey thought the airport was ‘brilliant’, and another 23.1 percent thought it ‘fine’, with ‘no major problems’.

So what are the problems with it?


One respondent asked a simple – and obvious – question: “Why are there so many terminal twos?”

Barney Lehrer added: “They should change the terminal number system.”

In fact, signage and directions – not to mention the sheer size of the place – were common complaints, as were onward travel options. 

Christine Charaudeau told us: “The signage is terrible. I’ve often followed signs that led to nowhere. Thankfully, I speak French and am familiar with the airport but for first time travellers … yikes!”

Edwin Walley added that it was, “impossible to get from point A to point B,”  as he described the logistics at the airport as the “worst in the world”.

And James Patterson had a piece of advice taken from another airport. “The signage could be better – they could take a cue from Heathrow in that regard.”

Anthony Schofield said: “Arriving by car/taxi is painful due to congestion and the walk from the skytrain to baggage claim seems interminable.”

Border control

Border control, too, was a cause for complaint. “The wait at the frontière is shameful,” Linda, who preferred to use just her first name, told us. “I waited one and a half hours standing, with a lot of old people.”

Sharon Dubble agreed. She wrote: “The wait time to navigate passport control and customs is abysmal!”

Deborah Mur, too, bemoaned the issue of, “the long, long wait to pass border control in Terminal E, especially at 6am after an overnight flight.”

Beth Van Hulst, meanwhile, pulled no punches with her estimation of border staff and the airport in general. “[It] takes forever to go through immigration, and staff deserve their grumpy reputation. Also, queuing is very unclear and people get blocked because the airport layout is not well designed.”

Jeff VanderWolk highlighted the, “inadequate staffing of immigration counters and security checkpoints”, while Karel Prinsloo had no time for the brusque attitudes among security and border personnel. “Officers at customs are so rude. I once confronted the commander about their terrible behaviour.  His response said it all: ‘We are not here to be nice’. Also the security personnel.”


One of the most-complained-about aspects is one that is not actually within the airport’s control – public transport connections.  

Mahesh Chaturvedula was just one of those to wonder about integrated travel systems in France, noting problems with the reliability of onward RER rail services, and access to the RER network from the terminal.

The airport is connected to the city via RER B, one of the capital’s notoriously slow and crowded suburban trains. Although there are plans to create a new high-speed service to the airport, this now won’t begin until after the 2024 Olympics.

Sekhar also called for, “more frequent trains from SNCF to different cities across France with respect to the international flight schedules.”

The good news

But it wasn’t all bad news for the airport, 35 percent of survey respondents said the airport had more positives than negatives, while a Twitter poll of local readers came out in favour of Charles de Gaulle.

Conceding that the airport is “too spread out”, Jim Lockard said it, “generally operates well; [and has] decent amenities for food and shopping”.

Declan Murphy was one of a number of respondents to praise the, “good services and hotels in terminals”, while Dean Millar – who last passed through Charles de Gaulle in October – said the, “signage is very good. [It is] easy to find my way around”.

He added: “Considering the size (very large) [of the airport] it is very well done.  So no complaints at all.”