French Quiz - January 2018

1    What is the name of the opulent room within the Palace of Versailles in which Georges Clemenceau signed the treaty formally ending the First World War on June 28th, 1919?

2    What word used in English as well as French for a travelling writer and performer of songs, comes originally from an old Languedoc word for ‘composer’?

3    Alain Prost won his first three Formula 1 World Championships in the 1980s driving for McLaren, but for which British team was he driving when he won his final title in 1993?

4    What was the middle name of the French engineer Marc Brunel, who in the 1820s designed and helped construct the Thames Tunnel between Rotherhithe and Limehouse in London?

5    Which classic 1953 Hollywood movie set 12 years previously and starring Burt Lancaster, was released in France under the title, ‘Tant qu’il y aura des hommes’?

6    Which manufacturer of beauty products now based in New York but founded in Paris in 1904, shares its name with the surname of the last president of the French Fourth Republic (1946-58)?

7    Which tributary of the River Seine gives its name to two French administrative départements and has inhabitants who are sometimes known as ‘Isarien(ne)s’?

8    Which military rank used in English-speaking countries means ‘place-holder’ in French?

9    France’s ‘Loi Evin’, the ‘Evin law’, passed in 1991, puts stringent limits on the advertisement of what, proving especially disruptive for TV coverage of foreign sporting events?

10    An 1859 operatic version by Charles Gounod of which Shakespeare play spawned a Parisian parody entitled ‘Rhum et eau en juillet’, (‘Rum and Water in July’) eight years later?

11    Who married Brigitte Auzière (née Trogneux) at a ceremony that went largely unnoticed by the wider world, in Le Touquet, in October 2007?

12    One of France’s all-time great rugby players, full-back Serge Blanco was born in 1958 in which South American country?

13    Which French manufacturer of racing and fighter aircraft went out of business in 1937 and shared its name with that of a Belgian coastal town situated in West Flanders?

14    The fiendishly devious intelligence officer Major Pierre Ducos is the implacable enemy of which hero of a long series of popular British novels, set during the Napoleonic wars?

15    Which Quebec-born French female singer, little known in the UK, has had nearly 50 top 10 hits in France, including a run of eight number ones ending with ‘Lonely Lisa’ in 2011?

16    When French general Pierre Bosquet uttered the famous line, “C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas la guerre: c’est de la folie”, to what misguided British enterprise was he referring?

17    Denise Perrier, who appeared briefly in the James Bond film ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ is the only Frenchwoman ever to have held which prestigious international title?

18    Which three letters, an acronym of the Latin form of ‘To God, most good, most great’, appear prominently on the label of every bottle of the herbal liqueur Bénédictine?

19    Which electrical goods company founded in eastern Paris in 1932 by Jean Mantelet, took its name from its first product, a hand-cranked food-mill designed to purée vegetables?

20    What word in French means stoutness or corpulence but is used in English, notably in ‘Private Eye’ magazine, to refer humorously to a voluptuous bosom?

Take the first letter from the answers to the questions indicated below and rearrange the letters to spell out the name of a famous Frenchman. When a person is the answer, use the first letter of their surname. The last two questions were omitted in error from the print edition of this quiz.

Questions 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 20