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A country conversion in Normandy
Living larders that gave food from the sky
Why I love the ÎIe de Ré
Surprise, surprise: my arms are falling off
Name of the rose varies from region to region
Inside the work of dictionary publishers
Film review: The Odyssey
Players to watch in the new Top 14 campaign
Mint museum looks at money in all its glory
A year of growth for Open Gardens
A firm hand is required in autumn
Grower's digest: October
Walking in France: Step out on the wild side
Little house built between mighty walls of granite
French Quiz - August 2017
- In 1925, which world-famous delicacy from Aveyron in the south of France, was the first French cheese ever awarded protective AOC status?
- Which Hollywood film star who is married to French advertising executive Romain Dauriac, opened her own Yummy Pop popcorn shop in Paris in October 2016?
- Which modern orchestral instrument is a development of a 17th century French invention called the ‘hautbois’, meaning high(-pitched) wood?
- At which French Winter Olympics venue, did French alpine skier Jean-Claude Killy pick up three gold medals in1968?
- What term derived from a phrase in a Beatles song, characterised lightweight French pop music performed by 1960s singers such as Sylvie Vartan and Françoise Hardy?
- Which breed of dog, known in France as a ‘caniche’ or less commonly a ‘barbone’, sometimes symbolises the nation itself, although it is also claimed by the Germans?
- What is the first name of the adulterous doctor’s wife, who is the title character in Gustave Flaubert’s 1857 novel Madame Bovary?
- Named after the great French polymath who attempted to perfect them in the 1640s, what kind of instrument – of which around 10 survive - is a ‘Pascaline’?
- Built across the western end of the Ile de la Cité in the early 17th century, what is the slightly misleading name of the oldest bridge, over the Seine in Paris?
- Every Easter Monday to commemorate an incident when Napoleon’s entire army had to be fed locally, the Haute-Garonne village of Bessières cooks a giant…what?