The French are glad to die for love
They delight in fighting duels

from Marilyn Monroe – Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

In France, during the early 1500s to late 1700s, men would fight to the death in a duel for a girl they love had there been someone else who loved her.

In reality, this was more due to the idea of respect and honor for a man’s ego; even if you didn’t really care for the woman, you were expected to fight just on the principle of defending your own name from being associated with weakness

Duels of honor, which became popular in medieval times, had a different basis of action. As with the example given above, they concerned personal offenses and tended to be more private…Duels did not always end in death, although too often they did.

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