Stop the presses! This explains everything! ;-)
A friend just came back from Paris, and recalled a dinner party where the subject of men and women came up. A woman there said French men are more like women than French women. While the men were steamed about that statement, they agreed--sheepishly--that they are more reticent about making the first move.
So much for that stereotype. Though beginnings aren't always what they're cracked up to be.
Vive la difference