1 Mentioned in the title of a 1953 play originally written in French, for which other character do the down-at-heel Vladimir and Estragon wait in vain?
2 Which day in the Christian calendar is known in France as ‘mercredi des Cendres’?
3 What was the surname of the brothers Auguste and Louis who invented a working ‘cinematograph’ in the 1890s, only to abandon moving pictures by 1905 because they saw no future in them?
4 Which rugby union forward who played 62 times for France between 2000-11, spent five years at Sale Sharks, where he won the affectionate nickname ‘Sea Bass’?
5 In the kitchen of a large restaurant or hotel, a ‘potager’ would be responsible for the preparation of what?
6 In the kitchen of a large restaurant or hotel, a ‘potager’ would be responsible for the preparation of what?
7 Which very short children’s song contains the repeated phrase, “Sonnez les matines!” (“Morning bells are ringing”)?
8 Théodore Géricault’s most famous painting shows a raft strewn with the desperate survivors of which ship, wrecked off the coast of west Africa in July 1816?
9 In stories and novels by Georges Simenon, what is the first name of Paris police commissioner Maigret?
10 Acquired in 2015 by the American corporation XPO, with what line of business is the Lyon-based company Norbert Dentressangle most closely associated?
11 Since 1859 when the number was expanded from 12, Paris has been divided into a clockwise spiral of how many municipal ‘arrondissements’?
12 What addictive and potent alkaloid found in the nightshade family of plants, takes its name indirectly from a 16th century French ambassador to Portugal?
13 What are the only two ways of getting out in French cricket?
14 Who is the Londoner with a French name, who spent over three months at No.1 in France’s singles chart in 2015-16, with her song Hello?
15 What is the name of the artificial 240 kilometre waterway linking the Mediterranean to the river Garonne, built in the 17th century for the transportation of wheat?
16 Chambord liqueur, produced in the Loire Valley near the chateau from which it takes its name, is flavoured with red and black varieties of which fruit?
17 A current list of the world’s largest cities in which French is the main language spoken, would have Paris second to which national capital in central Africa?
18 Which seaside spa on the Bay of Seine, would you visit to see the remains of the artificial mulberry harbour, built by the Allies after D-Day in June, 1944?
19 The name of what ubiquitous French supermarket, reflects the fact that its original store, which opened in Rouen in 1932, sold all goods at the same price?
20 Since 2011, the singers M.Pokora, Shy’m, Emmanuel Moire and Alizée have all emerged victorious in France’s direct equivalent of what BBC television show?
Take the first letter from the answers to the questions indicated below and rearrange the letters to spell out the name of a French commune famous for the alcoholic drink produced there.
Questions 1, 2, 4, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19
1 (Waiting for) Godot
2 Ash Wednesday
4 Sébastien Chabal
7 Frère Jacques
10 Road haulage/freight
11 Twenty (20)
12 Nicotine (Jean Nicot de Villemain)
13 Caught or hit on leg below the knee
15 Canal du Midi
17 Kinshasa (DR Congo)
18 Arromanches (-les-Bains)
20 Strictly Come Dancing (‘Danse avec les stars’)