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As the evening wore on, I noticed that a few men and women were peeling away from the table and moving into the next room.
As the Grand Prix was on, I assumed they were watching the highlights.
Omitting them from the guest list would have been unthinkable.
After all, most of them had been friends of my husband's since his school days and, until I came on the scene, some had been drifting in and out of his bed for years.
But it was nothing compared with what I was about to experience. Our social life revolved around his wide group of gifted and beautiful friends, most of whom he had known since school, and many of whom he had slept with.
We'd been married two years and had our first child, Jack, when we went to a dinner party being held by one of Laurent's former girlfriends, Aurelie.
Then he would turn up at dawn under my window, proclaiming his love. But our apparent similarities masked a totally different attitude to the most integral part of marriage: sex.
I didn't know it at the time, but I was stepping into a world where educated middle-class - and married - people hopped into bed with one another free of guilt and free of consequences.
When this handsome man, completely devoid of the self-doubt I had come to expect from English boys, rolled up outside the station, I was smitten. I'd had several boyfriends, but what struck me about Laurent was that he was a grown-up.
For the next week, he pursued me with a persistence I found utterly captivating. Not simply because he was 11 years older than me, but because he was utterly at ease with himself.
The first time I realised just how differently the French view sex was at my wedding.
I married Laurent Lemoine at his parents' beautiful house in Normandy.