French Quiz - April 2017

1    On which day of the year does Fête du Travail or Fête des Travailleurs, a French national holiday, fall?

2    In which 1999 novel by Joanne Harris does newcomer Vianne Rocher subtly alter the lives of the villagers of Lasquennet-sous-Tannes, in rural south-west France?

3    Which French ocean liner, a great rival of the Queen Mary in the 1930s, twice broke the westbound and three times the eastbound Atlantic crossing time records?

4    Which resort in Savoie hosts an annual leg of the Alpine Ski World Cup, and was the preferred winter destination of Patsy and Edina in Absolutely Fabulous?

5    What five-letter name was the most popular for baby girls in France in 2015? It might bring to mind fictional ladies created by Abbé Prévost and Marcel Pagnol.

6    If you fancied a raspberry ice-cream when you were on a French beach, what flavour would you be best advised to ask for?

7    On which island in the River Seine does Notre Dame cathedral stand?

8    Much loved 89-year old ‘Grande Dame’ of French politics Simone Veil, is best remembered for the legalisation of what in 1975, when she was Minister of Health?

9    In the lyrics of a 1988 top five UK hit performed by a 14-year old French singer, who drove a yellow Citroen Saxo and knew all the little bars and dark corners?

10    A French tennis umpire would call “Quarante-à” for the first instance of deuce in a game. What does he call when subsequent deuces occur in the same game?

11    Which river enters the English Channel near Saint-Malo, and was barraged near its estuary in 1966 by the world’s first tidal power station?

12    What collective name do the French give to the A6 and A7 motorways, which between them lead from Paris to the warm holiday destinations of the South?

13    Jean-Pierre Cassel’s daredevil French pilot is constantly distracted from his goal by sexy Irina Demick, playing six different roles, in which 1965 British film?

14    Who was the King of France who met England’s Henry VIII at the diplomatic summit known as the Field of the Cloth of Gold, near Calais in June 1520?

15    The logo of which French fashion house consists of interlocked, back-to-back capital letter Cs?

16    In Paris, what would you expect to find in the middle of the Place Charles de Gaulle, which until 1970 was known as the Place d’Étoile?

17    In 2011, teenager Mickael Barzalona was the last Frenchman (to date) to pull off what distinctly British sporting feat?

18    What name is generally used for the organisation founded in 1970, which now unites 57 French-speaking countries in matters of common interest?

19    What word is used in French and English to describe a stopperless glass container with no handles, used for serving wine and other drinks?

20    An annular eclipse of the sun on September 1st 2016, attracted thousands of extra visitors to which French overseas département situated in the Indian Ocean?

Take the first letter from the answers to the questions and rearrange the letters to spell out the surname of a former Prime Minister. When a person is the answer, use the first letter of their surname.

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