Next up is “le goûter,” the mid-afternoon snack usually between 4 and 6pm. This staves off hunger caused by the impossibly long break between lunch and dinnertime.
Dinner, a shared affair not had standing alone over the kitchen sink because you’re just too tired to cook is often a light soup, salad, or fruit starter followed by anything you deem acceptable for dinner, because French people's food is considerably more variable than just brie and baguette, despite popular opinion.
Dessert is served directly after the main dish -- a yogurt and a piece of fruit often suffices -- but more often than not there will be some kind of cake as well, and occasionally cheese. Though a cheese plate is hardly present at every meal. When it’s all over, it’s over. No more food until the next morning, which gives your body about a 12 hour gap to reboot before you start the process over again.