French Quiz - April 2018

1    What traditional Parisian tourist conveyances take their familiar name from the area of Lyon where they were first built, and not, as many think, from a type of insect?

2    A version of which BBC quiz show has been broadcast on the TV station France 3 since 2011 under the title Personne n’y avait pensé! (‘No one thought of it!’)?

3    Who returned home from exile in Paris on a chartered Air France flight to assume the effective leadership of his country, on February 1st, 1979?

4    In the field of leisure activity in France, what are Les Arcs, Les Carroz, Les Gets and Les Menuires?

5    Which Picardy town near Arras has a five-letter name which is 80% vowel, and is famous for an English Catholic translation of the Old Testament, published there in 1609?

6    What late 18th century hyphenated term for the lower classes who wore trousers rather than knee-breeches, might today be used colloquially as an equivalent to ‘going commando’ in English?

7    Taken from the book of Genesis, what is the French title of the 1956 film directed by Roger Vadim which rocketed the 22-year old Brigitte Bardot to global fame?

8    Which very famous pop song, played more often at British funerals than any other, was in its original version a 1968 French hit by Claude François, when it was called ‘Comme d’habitude’?

9    What was first represented by the length of a platinum bar kept at theInternational Bureau of Weights and Measures in Paris from 1799 to 1889, when it was infinitesimally altered?

10    Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre and Marie Galante are the three principal islands of which French overseas département located in the Caribbean Lesser Antilles?

11    What high-profile Frenchman had an illegitimate daughter by the name of Mazarine Pingeot, whom he was able to shield from public attention until 1994, when she was 19 years old?

12    Nominated for a Best Animated Feature Academy Award in 2003, what sport plays a prominent role in Sylvain Chomet’s darkly comic first feature film, Les Triplettes de Belleville?

13    Always accompanied by his dog Pommes Frites, which culinary investigator created in a series of stories by Michael Bond had a surname meaning grapefruit?

14    What is the equivalent meaning in the UK of a French road sign which warns car drivers of a ‘Sens Unique’?

15    What was the name of the feisty French princess who married Edward II of England in 1308 when she was 12, and who is rather unfairly known to history as the ‘She-Wolf of France’?

16    At which French Unesco World Heritage Site could you visit galleries called the Nave, the Shaft, the Apse, the Passageway, the Chamber of Felines and the Hall of the Bulls?

17    Ralph Vaughan Williams said which great French Basque composer, with whom he studied during the winter of 1907-08, believed in the motto ‘Complexe mais pas compliqué’?

18    What 18th century word for a musical instrument or type of dance, is more often heard today in connection with a special bag used to convey food to road cyclists during competition?

19    Between them, Sébastien Loeb and Sébastien Ogier of France have won the last13 consecutive world championships (2004-16) in which sport?

20    Said to be its biggest ever mistake, the Pasteur Institute ignored a paper submitted in 1897 by unknown medical student Ernest Duchesne, urging research into what potential antibiotic?

Take the first letter from the answers to the questions indicated below and rearrange the letters to spell out the name of a French city. When a person is the answer, use the first letter of their surname.

Questions 6, 7, 10, 11, 14 15, 16

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