Quiz - February 2017

1    Which novel by Pierre Boulle was the basis for a 1969 film starring Charlton Heston, and a re-make 32 years later with Mark Wahlberg in the lead role?

2    What type of small cake from northern France did Marcel Proust use to symbolise differences between retrieved and involuntary memories in Remembrance of Things Past?

3    Who married French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in July 2014, after a whirlwind courtship?

4    What Kim Wilde song named for a former French colony, failed to make the UK top 10, but spent eight weeks at No.1 in France’s official chart in April and May 1982?

5    Which French manufacturer of ski equipment celebrated its centenary in 2007 and has a founder’s name which translates into English as nightingale?

6    When reciting the alphabet in French, which letter is pronounced “ee-greck”?

7    Florence Arthaud, who died in a helicopter accident in Argentina in March 2015 while filming a TV gameshow, was a figure of world renown in which sport?

8    The Union Pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP), currently one of France’s two major political parties, was rebranded in 2015 under what snappier title?

9    What is the closest point to the UK in France? It stands on the Pas-de Calais coast and has a name which translates into English as Grey Nose Point.

10    Taken from words meaning ‘to revive the taste’, what general name is given to a wide range of French slow-cooked vegetable and/or meat stews?

11    How are the French people addressed in the second to fifth words of their national anthem, the Marseillaise?

12    What was the name of the family of delta-wing Dassault fighter aircraft, introduced in the 1950s, which served in air forces across the world for nearly 50 years?

13    Who won her first singles Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2013 without dropping a set in the entire tournament, and retired from the sport forty days later?

14    If you went to stay in the tourist village on the east side of the Cap d’Agde headland near Béziers, what would you probably NOT need, at least while you were there?

15    In which seven-a-side team sport did France win silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics in both men’s and women’s events?

16    What word for a suburb has come to be associated with areas of ethnic and social unrest in bigger French cities, typically the locations of rioting in 1981 and 2005?

17    Which French children’s song about plucking a lark, gained popularity in the English-speaking world after Allied soldiers learned it during the First World War?

18    Which publishing house still in existence today was founded in the 1850s, and is known internationally for its dictionaries, encyclopedias and educational books?

19    A Stéphenois or Stéphenoise is an inhabitant of which city in south-east central France?

20    Created by American writer Anne Rice, aristocratic Frenchman and occasional rock star Lestat de Lioncourt, born 1758, first appeared in which novel of 1976?

Find the anagram! Take the first letter from the answers to the questions above 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 2, 5, 6, 9, 11, 15, 16, 17

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