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- A publication which describes itself as ‘bimensuel’ is issued twice every month. How often does a ‘trimestriel’ publication appear?
- Which French town or city of about 70,000 inhabitants is served by the Aéroport Napoleon Bonaparte?
- What is the English title of a song, originally German, whose best-known French version begins with the words ‘Douce nuit, sainte nuit! Dans les cieux, l’astre luit!’?
- In which 2011 film directed by Woody Allen, does Owen Smith travel back in time to the France of the roaring ‘20s and later, to the ‘Belle Epoque’ of the 1890s?
- A very unsophisticated prototype of what item of diagnostic medical equipment, was first used by René Laennec on a heart patient at Necker Hospital in Paris in 1816?
- What French phrase is a brusque and impolite request for someone to “shut up!” and can be literally translated as your gob!’?
- What culturally historic name was given in September 2016 to the administrative division made up of the former Midi-Pyrénées and Languedoc-Roussillon regions?
- In the NATO phonetic alphabet, which predominantly French-speaking Canadian province’s name is allocated to one of the letters of the alphabet?
- What French word for bib-and brace overalls was adopted in the 1970s in English, for a fashion item now largely relegated to the worlds of skiing and sailing?
- A double murder in an apartment on which fictional Paris street was solved by C. Auguste Dupin, in a pioneering detective story published in 1841?