French quiz - May 2017

1    The favourite food of the fictional Gaul Obélix and widespread throughout much of modern rural France, what kind of mammal is a ‘sanglier’?

2    Named in honour of a French physicist who died in 1836, what is the standard international unit of electric current?

3    Formerly ‘Les Guignols de l’Info’ and going strong since 1988, Canal+ TV’s puppet-based Les Guignols was heavily influenced by which British TV show?

4    Before the adoption of the Euro in January 2002, the French franc was divided into one hundred what?

5    What is France’s oldest surviving daily national newspaper? First published in 1826, it takes its name from the title of a play by Pierre de Beaumarchais.

6    Which city on the French Riviera hosts an annual film festival usually held in May?

7    In July 1921, who was the only French boxer ever to contest a world heavyweight title fight? He lost in four rounds to Jack Dempsey, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

8    The Carmelite nun Thérèse Martin, who was canonised a saint in 1925 just 28 years after her early death from TB, is associated with which town in Normandy?

9    What colour is the large diamond on a French road sign which advises that you are driving on a ‘route prioritaire’, and do not have to give way?

10    In a verse epistle of 1768, which Frenchman made the famous observation that “if God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.”?

11    A French version of which 1979 UK No.1 hit begins with the words, “Je connais une fille dans une rue déserte, froide comme glaçe mais tout aussi sucre…”?

12    Manufactured since 1921 by Fromageries Bel, the processed cheese wedges known in France as ‘La vache qui rit’ are sold under what brand name in the UK?

13    What football club currently (2016-17) in France’s Ligue 2, was in 1955 the beaten finalist in the first ever European Cup final, losing 4-3 to Real Madrid?

14    Which town in southern France, gives its name to a European royal dynasty and boasts a UNESCO world heritage site, with a Roman triumphal arch and theatre?

15    Because of the swingeing nature of his policies, which 18th century French finance minister’s name was transferred to a very cheap type of contemporary portrait?

16    Six foot eight inch Frenchman Teddy Riner, who carried the tricolore at the 2016 Olympic opening ceremony, is an eight-time world champion in which sport?

17    What Frenchman, rather more famous in another field, appeared as French ambassador Monsieur le Foix in the 1998 British film Elizabeth?

18    Who wrote the novels The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers?

19    What French version of a Greek mythological name, has been given to a series of six civilian launch vehicles, used since 1973 by the European Space Agency?

20    Parisian Henri Landru, who murdered 10 women after meeting them via Lonely Hearts’ adverts during the First World War period, was known by what nickname?

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