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  • heart shaped boxes line shelves inside a store in Paris ahead of Valentine's Day.

  • But instead of housing roses or chocolates, they're stacked with the latest trending gift.

  • Sex toys.

  • Sales of intimate accessories have exploded in France in recent months.

  • Co bid.

  • 19 restrictions have barred couples from the usual romantic dinners and getaways on DPA, vented singles from mingling in bars and nightclubs.

  • The passage Dudas ear chain sells sex toys in the French capital.

  • Founder Patrick Provo says sales have surged since the end of last year.

  • Traditional traditionally sex toys are a gift that does a lot better during Valentine's Day, Provo said.

  • This year, in addition, people can't spend their money on restaurants.

  • Maybe that plays into it to third.

  • In the three months leading up to this year's Valentine's Day, sales at the Passage du Disease seven outlets jumped 68% on previous months.

  • The stores regulars say there are some benefits toe having to spend more time at home way do.

  • If we can't go out, we have to be home at six PM Yes, this makes sense.

  • It's explains the increase in sales.

  • According to one study, over half of French people used a sex toy in 2020.

  • But other countries have seen similar trends from Denmark to the usually conservative Columbia.

  • Sales of sex toys left early in the pandemic.

  • British lingerie chain and Summers reported higher sales during the first confinement.

  • But France is often described as a nation off seduction, Author Elaine Sciolino wrote in her book On the Subject.

  • Seduction influences not just how the French relate to one another, but how they do business, elect politicians and enjoy food and drink.

heart shaped boxes line shelves inside a store in Paris ahead of Valentine's Day.

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