French Quiz - November 2017

1    What does the word ‘bio’ on an item in a French shop or market indicate?

2    Which French fashion magazine founded in 1945 is said to have featured its namesake supermodel in every issue for six years during the 1980s?

3    67 of France’s 96 metropolitan départements take their names from what?

4    Parisian actress Bérénice Marlohe played the rather short-lived love interest in which James Bond film?

5    After which French port did explorer Louis-Antoine de Bougainville name what are now known as the Falkland Islands, when he founded a colony there in 1764?

6    Which French sports goods manufacturer supplied the shirts in which Tottenham Hotspur won memorable FA Cup Final victories in 1981 and 82?

7    Which US state has a capital with a French name, possibly derived from the settlement there in the 17th century of a group of Trappist monks?

8    In 2005 at Amiens University Hospital Isabelle Dinoire was the first person ever to undergo what pioneering surgical operation, after being mauled by a dog?

9    What 500-year old French trick-taking card game for two players, uses a deck of 32 cards, and has a name which might bring to mind a F1 world champion?

10    Between 1309 and 1377 seven successive popes resided in which French commune in south-eastern France?

11    Which French symbolist poet’s collection ‘Romance sans paroles’ was published in 1874, while he was doing time for attempting to shoot his lover, Arthur Rimbaud?

12    What name is given to the type of cookery acclaimed since the 1960s by the Gault-Millau restaurant guides, which tends to emphasise delicacy and presentation?

13    The name of which French Minister of War is most associated with a defensive plan that failed, when placed under severe test in 1940?

14    France is the only country in the world to give its name to two chemical elements, both of them rare metals. One is francium, what is the other?

15    Which Epernay champagne house gets a mention in the pop songs Drop It Like It’s Ho’ by Snoop Dogg (2004) and ‘Killer Queen’ by Queen (1974)?

16    What French word for a filet of beef, known in the US as tenderloin, is most often heard in conjunction with a dish created for the composer Gioachino Rossini?

17    The Machine de Marly was an enormous pumping station built to the west of Paris in 1684 in order to divert water from the river Seine to what location, seven kilometres away?

18    In what sporting context are the terms ‘mouche’, coq’, ‘super-coq’, ‘plume’ and ‘super-plume’ most likely to be heard?

19    Who played Camille Javal in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film ‘Le Mépris’, a character name that is often wrongly believed to be originally that of the actress herself?

20    What is the name of the volcano on the French overseas territory of Martinique, which erupted twice in 1902, resulting in nearly 30,000 deaths?

Take the first letter from the answers to the questions indicated below and rearrange the letters to spell out the name of a French resort town.

Questions 2, 4, 7, 10, 12, 16, 19

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