1 In the title of a 1990 thriller directed by Luc Besson, what is the name of the highly-trained youthful assassin working for the government and played by Anne Parillaud?
2 Which two letters, most likely to be found after the name of a company, is the equivalent in France of the English ‘Ltd’?
3 What substance, previously known as ‘vital’ or ‘dephlogisticated’ air, was definitively re-named by the French chemist Antoine Lavoisier in 1777?
4 What cheap brand of blended wine synonymous with socialising in the 1970s, helped accustomise the British to wine-drinking, and had a French name meaning ‘swallow’ (bird)?
5 In horseracing, steeplechasers such as the 2009 Grand National winner Mon Mome, classified as AQPS - ‘Autre Que Pur-Sang’, specifically do NOT fall into what category?
6 Now a museum ship in Nantes, the French destroyer Maillé-Brézé played a significant on-screen role in what British war movie, released in July 2017?
7 If the French classify ‘bitter’ beer as ‘bière brune’, what adjective do they generally use to describe lager beers?
8 What is the most common three-letter English equivalent of the French texting acronym EDR, which stands for ‘écroulé de rire’?
9 A large island of Papua New Guinea and a colourful genus of South American climbing plant both take their names from which illustrious 18th century French explorer and naval officer?
10 What range of mountains runs along France’s border with Switzerland and gives its name to both a French département and a Swiss administrative canton?
11 France has two national police forces. One is the civilian Police Nationale which operates largely in major urban centres. What is the other, military, police force?
12 In what decade did France nationalise its seven regional railway companies, resulting in the formation of the SNCF?
13 What cultivar of yellow plum, a speciality of Lorraine with protected EU status, might also bring to mind the name of an interna-tional airport in Montreal?
14 What famous four-word quotation anticipating a chaotic future, attributed to King Louis XV, was later adopted by Britain’s 617 Dambuster’ Squadron, as a highly appropriate motto?
15 Who is the Basque perfumier and fashion designer famous for his flamboyant metallic dresses, who had to flee to France with his mother when he was only five years old, during the Spanish Civil War?
16 Which country, with a total population smaller than that of Nice, did France eliminate at the Stade de France in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament?
17 According to a 1969 hit song by Sandie Shaw, who was the “…certain Romeo, with oh so gentle, continental ways…”, whom the singer encounters on a day-trip to Paris?
18 If you thought you might be in need of the service of a firm of ‘déménageurs’, what would you probably be contemplating?
19 What administrative département of France takes the name which it shares with a Belgian chocolate company from an extensive limestone escarpment near its préfecture, Dijon?
20 With which other European flag-carrying airline, the oldest in the world still operating, did Air France merge in 2004?
Take the first letter from the answers to the questions indicated below and rearrange the letters to spell out the name of a coastal departement of France. When a person is the answer, use the first letter of their surname.
Questions 1, 3, 4, 7, 13, 14, 15, 16
2 S.A. (Société Anonyme)
7 (bière) Blonde
8 LOL (laughing out loud)
9 (Louis-Antoine de) Bougainville
11 Gendarmerie (Nationale)
12 1930s (1938)
13 Mirabelle (Mirabel)
14 Après moi, le déluge
15 Paco Rabanne
17 Monsieur Dupont
18 Moving house
20 KLM (Royal Dutch)