French Quiz - July 2018

1    What keyboard symbol has seen vastly increased use in the last 20 years and is known in French as ‘l’arobase’?

2    Already an Olympic silver medallist, in what track and field event did Parisian Kévin Mayer become world champion in London in August 2017?

3    What is the English name of the island in the Atlantic known in one of the official languages of the country to which it belongs as ‘Terre-Neuve’?

4    Which Lennon & McCartney composition was performed in 1964 by Johnny Hallyday under the title ‘Quand je l’ai vue devant moi’?

5    What is the usual two-word English name for the fungal grape infection Botrytis cinerea which imparts a distinctive flavour to Sauternes wines from the Bordeaux region?

6    One of the most famous 20th century poems in the English language, who created the work which contains the words, “Et O ces voix d’enfants, chantant dans la coupole!”

7    Former French Republican politician Michel Barnier was appointed to what role within the European Union in December 2016?

8    Cultivated in order to complement the local Mediterranean cuisine, between half and two thirds of all wine produced in the vineyards of Provence is of what general type?

9    By what diminutive name is Margaret of Valois, wife of Henri of Navarre, known in the title of a 1994 French film in which she was played by Isabelle Adjani?

10    Who was pictured in a famous photograph taken on the front terrace of the Palais de Chaillot on June 6th 1940, with the Eiffel Tower in the immediate background?

11    In the title of an 1850 novel by Alexandre Dumas, the Dutch city of Haarlem offers a 100,000 florin prize to anybody who is able to grow what, specifically?

12    What is the name of the Franco-Ukrainian women’s activist group famous for topless public protests, whose leader Inna Shevchenko issaid to have inspired the ‘Marianne’ image in 2013?

13    What ancient German city on the river Moselle, much coveted by France during the 17th and 18th centuries, is known by the name of Trèves in French?

14    What type of backless shoe with a closed toe, sounds like a type of domesticated animal but is actually a French word, which has its originsin a Latin term for ‘deep red’?

15    Twenty three examples of what type of historic building in northernmost France were added in 2005 to a list of 33 similar structures in Belgium in the name of a Unesco World Heritage Site?

16    Name the legendary cartoonist of Italian descent who retired in 2011, having provided pictures for the Astérix stories for years after thedeath in 1977 of his collaborator René Goscinny.

17    What kind of entrepreneurial organisations are the Unione Corse the Brise de Mer and the Famille Jean Jé Colonna?

18    Sarah Cracknell is the lead singer in which London pop trio, who in 1990 named themselves after one of France’s most successful football clubs, but without the hyphen in the name?

19    Which red-haired actress appeared in seven films directed by Claude Chabrol, beginning in 1978 withViolette Nozière in which she played the title role?

20    East Levenshulme in south-central Manchester once bore the name of which famous French diplomat, who is supposed to have been briefly exiled there after the French Revolution?

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

Questions 3, 6, 8, 9, 13, 16, 18

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