French Quiz - August 2017

1    In 1925, which world-famous delicacy from Aveyron in the south of France, was the first French cheese ever awarded protective AOC status?

2    Which Hollywood film star who is married to French advertising executive Romain Dauriac, opened her own Yummy Pop popcorn shop in Paris in October 2016?

3    Which modern orchestral instrument is a development of a 17th century French invention called the ‘hautbois’, meaning high(-pitched) wood?

4    At which French Winter Olympics venue, did French alpine skier Jean-Claude Killy pick up three gold medals in1968?

5    What term derived from a phrase in a Beatles song, characterised lightweight French pop music performed by 1960s singers such as Sylvie Vartan and Françoise Hardy?

6    Which breed of dog, known in France as a ‘caniche’ or less commonly a ‘barbone’, sometimes symbolises the nation itself, although it is also claimed by the Germans?

7    What is the first name of the adulterous doctor’s wife, who is the title character in Gustave Flaubert’s 1857 novel Madame Bovary?

8    Named after the great French polymath who attempted to perfect them in the 1640s, what kind of instrument – of which around 10 survive - is a ‘Pascaline’?

9    Built across the western end of the Ile de la Cité in the early 17th century, what is the slightly misleading name of the oldest bridge, over the Seine in Paris?

10    Every Easter Monday to commemorate an incident when Napoleon’s entire army had to be fed locally, the Haute-Garonne village of Bessières cooks a giant…what?

11    In August 1960, which African country named after a major river, achieved independence after 38 years as an official colony of France?

12    The result of the merger in 2000 of the Banque de Paris et des Pays-Bas and the Banque Nationale de Paris, what is France’s largest contemporary bank?

13    What does it mean if a restaurant in France has a sign outside which says ‘à emporter’?

14    The only sculpture exhibited by which Impressionist in his lifetime was The Little 14-Year Old Dancer, a wax figure of Belgian ballet student Marie van Goethem?

15    Which popular perfume did Christian Dior name for his resilient sister Catherine, a member of the French resistance, who was sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp?

16    What apéritif, blending wine and quinine with herbs and spices, was the subject of a memorable 1970s ad campaign, which rhymed the brand name with ‘s’il vous plaît’?

17    A rising star of French cinema, Françoise Dorléac died in a road accident near Nice in 1967, when she was just 25. Who is her now famous younger sister?

18    What is the most obvious British equivalent of France’s Institut Géographique National (IGN), which replaced the Service Géographique de l’Armée in 1940?

19    Which perennial if largely success-free FIFA World Cup nation did France defeat 4-1, in the first ever match played in that competition, at Montevideo in 1930?

20    Which Eurasian capital city has a museum dedicated to 92-year old French singer Charles Aznavour?

Take the first letter from the answers to the questions indicated below and rearrange the letters to spell out the name of a river and département of France

Questions: 1, 3, 4, 7, 11, 14, 17, 18