French Quiz - March 2017

1    What is the most common distinguishing feature of high-heeled shoes made by the designer Christian Louboutin?

2    What is traditionally the second of the three elements in the national motto of France, not to mention in that of Haiti?

3    In an epic 12th century folk poem attributed to Pierre de St. Cloud, which vulpine trickster’s chief enemy is his own uncle, Ysengrim the wolf?

4    What French word can bring to mind a hazelnut, the British pop group fronted since 2003 by Shingei Shoniwa, or a small circular portion of lean lamb?

5    Other than the club name and a small fleur-de-lys, a stylised version of what appears on the badge of Paris Saint-Germain football club?

6    What was the elemental name of Jean-Michel Jarre’s third studio album, a synthesized extravaganza which spent much of 1977 at the top of the French charts?

7    With its administrative centre at Lille, what is the appropriate name of the most northerly of France’s 96 metropolitan départements?

8    With what profession would you mainly associate the young Frenchwomen Constance Jablonski, Sigrid Agren and Noémie Lenoir?

9    Where in Paris is there a 108-metre long funicular railway that carries around two million passengers a year, mostly tourists and pilgrims?

10    In Eugene Delacroix’s dramatic 1830 painting Liberty Leading the People, Liberty holds a rifle in her left hand. What, specifically, does she hold in her right?

11    What 1942 work by Albert Camus was rated the best book of the 20th century in a poll conducted by Le Monde in 1999?

12    What is the name of the historic and unusual bascule bridge over the Caen Canal at Bénouville in Normandy, which was replaced with a similar structure in 1994?

13    As alluded to in its normal English title, what colour is actress Léa Seydoux’s hair in the controversial 2013 coming-of-age movie ‘La Vie d’Adèle’?

14    Which two great Frenchmen whose surnames both contain the letter ‘z’, were inseparable school friends at Aix-en-Provence’s Collège Bourbon, in the 1850s?

15    What is the most common English nickname for the refugee camp near Calais’s Port Est, which President Hollande ordered dismantled in September 2016?

16    The term ‘pieds-noirs’ refers to French citizens and their descendants who were expelled primarily from which country in the late 1950s and early 1960s?

17    What French word means a narrow recess and in English is also used to describe a specialist subject area which is not of universal interest?

18    Which song performed by Johnny Mathis was nominated for an Oscar in 1958, after he sang it in a film based on a book by Françoise Sagan?

19    Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and other pieces of land, were sold off by France in what 50-million franc real estate deal of 1803?

20    22-year old P.E. teacher Colette Besson overtook which British favourite in the final strides of the women’s Olympic 400 metres in Mexico City in 1968?

Take the first letter from the answers to the questions indicated 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, 3, 4 , 6, 7, 13, 16, 17

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