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France Country Quiz

Can you guess these answers that pertain to the country of France?
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Last updated: May 17, 2020
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First submittedMarch 27, 2013
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Hint
Answer
Capital city
Paris
Most-populous urban areas
(other than the above)
Lyon
Marseille
Roman name for France
Gaul
Longest river by length
within France
Loire
Tallest mountain
Mont Blanc
World's most-visited museum
Musée du Louvre
Longest-reigning king
Louis XIV
Dynasty he was part of
Bourbon
... and the palace he lived in
Versailles
Famous bike race
Tour de France
Avenue where that race ends
Champs-Élysées
Hint
Answer
Symbol on the French royal
coat of arms
Fleur-de-lis
Fictional woman who
personifies France
Marianne
Tower built for the 1889 World's Fair
Eiffel Tower
Well-known newspaper whose name
means "The World"
Le Monde
Prison stormed on July 14, 1789
Bastille
Revolutionary slogan:
Liberté, égalité, ______
Fraternité
Region of France that was the site
of the D-Day invasions
Normandy
Region of France located in
South America
French Guiana
94 Comments
+8
Level 20
May 10, 2013
I kept forgetting the last s in Versailles. lol
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Level 74
Jul 10, 2019
same
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Level 73
Aug 6, 2021
Same often, due to Versailles, Marseille...
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Level 70
Jul 3, 2014
The dynasty Louis XIV was part of is the Capetians. Bourbon is only a branch of it, Valois is another one. During his trial in 1792, the French revolutionaries called him "citizen Louis Capet" as if he was the direct descendant of Hugh Capet who founded the dynasty in 987.
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Level 32
Dec 4, 2015
Although this is technically true, Valois, Orleans, Bourbon etc are all considered houses in their own right so his house should be Bourbon, not Capet
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Level 2
Dec 5, 2015
Louis XIV : 1661-1715

And during the Revolution, it was Louis XVI !

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Level 59
Sep 13, 2017
Yes, I agree. 'Widow Capet' and all...
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Level 38
Sep 28, 2019
Yes that's right, but sometimes cadet branches are considered houses on their right. Look at the Lancaster and the York in English history, they belonged to the Plantagenet.
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Level 37
Mar 21, 2020
The 1792 trial was of Louis XVI, not Louis XIV.
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Level 55
Jun 23, 2022
but Louis XIV is Louis XVI's grandfather, so if one of them is Capet then they both are
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Level 55
Jun 23, 2022
no, because after the last Valloi king died without an heir, they took Henri IV, whowas the king of Navarre and his family name was Bourbon.
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Level 75
Jul 7, 2014
Had no clue for the "woman who personifies France". I tried Joan of Arc, Marie Antoinette, Claudette Colbert, Bridget Bardot, and Coco Chanel before giving up.
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Level 68
Dec 2, 2015
I kept trying Liberty or Lady Liberty, because Marianne is the female allegory of Liberty. Then I remembered an obscure reference from my 18th century French literature class in college.
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Level 65
Sep 13, 2017
I tried edith piaf too
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Level 84
May 19, 2020
As a numismatist, I'm kicking myself for this one. She's featured on older French coins, so I could see her likeness, but just could not pull the name. :-(
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Level 74
May 6, 2016
Please accept Tour Eiffel. I was confused when it didn't work and assumed you were looking for a different landmark.
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Level 78
Apr 1, 2020
Really? This is an English-language quiz, so you would expect answers to be in English.
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Level 71
May 18, 2020
Really really? 16 of the 20 answers are given in French. You don't get anything for "Tour of France", or "White Mountain". Of course as always on jetpunk, the simpler the answer the better: the clue tells you the answer is a tower, so don't enter the word tower in your answer, not required.
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Level 83
May 18, 2020
I'm not disputing the fact that "Tour Eiffel" ought to be accepted, but 19 out of 20 answers are how they would appear when writing in English (the only exception being "Musée de Louvre").
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Level 78
Jul 9, 2020
My point was not that 'Tour Eiffel' shouldn't be accepted (I think it's a good idea it should), but rather that I was quite surprised @onegonecat thought Eiffel Tower was not the correct answer because he tried the French name for the landmark instead of the name commonly used in English (Tour Eiffel vs. Eiffel Tower).
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Level 67
Jul 23, 2020
@Fad, but those are French terms that English speakers use when referring to those things. We don't say "I'm watching the Tour of France" or "I'm going to White Mountain." The English-language terms for those things are still "Tour de France" and "Mont Blanc." So, yes, they're French, but unlike "Tour Eiffel," they're also the dominant terms in English.
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Level 66
Jan 25, 2017
Too France-centric, please fix.
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Level 78
Apr 1, 2020
Francocentric*
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Level 17
Jul 7, 2023
Are you kidding, it's a quiz about France, that's normal
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Level 66
Jul 21, 2023
I think the answer to your question is "yes"
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Level 81
Jan 25, 2017
I've tried with lily for fleur-de-lis, but didn't succeed. Technically, that is lily, isn't it?
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Level 68
Dec 21, 2018
the flower represented in the fleur de lis, might be a lily, but the symbol is not called that. (if the question was what flower is represented in the symbol it could be correct)
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Level 35
May 11, 2018
Knew a few more than I got cos I couldn't spell them right, was crap at French in school as well...
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Level 78
Jan 1, 2020
Honestly I typed all the Louis' from 1-13, then 15-19.

HOW COULD I MISS LOUIS XIV

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Level 67
Jan 7, 2020
I just increased Louis' number until i reached 14.
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Level 78
Apr 1, 2020
Me too; I did that using Roman numerals.
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Level 55
Jun 23, 2022
I tried him first because I know he became king at the age of 4
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Level 36
Feb 13, 2023
he was not king at 4 tho. He became king at 13 (because he could be king at 13 and not before) in 1551. His mother and some other people were ruling the country when he was young. His dad died in 1543 when Louis XIV was 4-5 but he did not become king right after.
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Level 68
Nov 23, 2023
Of course he did. Who else do you think was king all those years? A regency doesn't mean that there is no king, just that, for a period of time, that king doesn't actually rule.
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Level 78
Apr 1, 2020
I tried Joan of Arc instead of Marianne (which I didn't know).
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Level 86
May 19, 2020
Just read the introduction of the wikipedia page... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne

Sorry, but not knowing Marianne is not knowing much about the French Republic :3.

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Level 78
Jul 9, 2020
Really?
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Level 55
Jun 23, 2022
from a French perspective, yes, but honestly not knowing Marianne as a foreigner would not mean not knowing France
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Level 83
Feb 19, 2024
I studied French from age 11, then studied it at university, and worked in France, and thus far I've only come across references to Marianne in that one painting and a few 18th-19th century novels.
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Level 82
May 17, 2020
I tried "Paris-Roubaix" for the bike race, before getting the right answer
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Level 70
Jul 11, 2020
To test out what would be accepted, I started with "Le Tour" and "Le Tour de France" but it wouldn't accept it until I got rid of le "Le".
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Level 80
May 18, 2020
Maybe add fully in France to the river one, as the Rhine is longer
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Level ∞
May 18, 2020
Changed the question slightly.
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Level 54
Jul 22, 2021
I tried Rhine and Seine before giving up. First time I'm learning of Loire.
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Level 69
Jan 11, 2022
Glad I'm not alone
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Level 48
Mar 14, 2022
I actually tried about 10 different spellings of Seine, Sienne, Seinna etc. and some of them multiple times... before giving up. So you are difinitely NOT alone :D
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Level 68
May 21, 2020
I think you could accept Louis with some alternative ways of adding the number - I tried the number, English, Roman numerals (must have been wrong) and French to no avail!
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Level 68
May 24, 2020
14 definitely worked
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Level 50
May 23, 2020
20/20 I'm French
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Level 35
Apr 5, 2021
T'es partout toi sérieux mdr
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Level 55
Jun 23, 2022
mdrr
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Level 68
May 24, 2020
Only missed bourbon, for once I am above average on one of these country quizzes
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Level 55
Jul 13, 2020
Typo at the fourth row of the 2nd block, "newspaper" not "neswpaper".
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Level 58
Jul 20, 2020
Spelled newspaper "neswpaper" :D
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Level 79
Jul 21, 2020
It took me a while to recall Marianne.
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Level 90
Jul 23, 2020
Learning French in high school has helped me with some of these.
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Level 65
Jul 23, 2020
You should accept Mbappé instead of Fraternité 😄
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Level 72
Jul 23, 2020
Liberté, egalité, Griezmann-Mbappé
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Level 56
Jul 23, 2020
I never heard of Marianne before :o
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Level 59
Jul 23, 2020
The only Marianne I know is that ran for president of the United States.
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Level 43
Jul 23, 2020
Marianne is the only one that tripped me up. Looked her up. Something I learned today.
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Level 55
Jun 23, 2022
It seems to be something foreigners don't usually learn, because in France, Marianne is known by a very large part of the population compared to the name of the bourbon dinasty, for example
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Level 58
Jul 23, 2020
"The Bastille" should be accepted as well.
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Level 48
Jul 23, 2020
With Bastille as my email address I had better get a few of these right.
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Level 68
Jul 23, 2020
I am surprised there were no Joan of Arc, but great quiz nonetheless.
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Level 59
Jul 23, 2020
Having a question about a French king and not just being able to type Louis is a bit disappointing
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Level 67
Jul 23, 2020
Louis XIV and Louis XVI are both historically significant kings though, so it's worth knowing the difference.
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Level 72
Jul 24, 2020
This had me wondering also... On other quizzes, English kings (Henry, Richard, Edward and such) don't need the number to get the answer right. Why is it different for Louis?
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Level 35
Apr 5, 2021
Because a lot of our Louis marked France's history (mostly Louis IX, XIII, XIV and XVI)
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Level 55
Jun 23, 2022
You're right, but this is also true with Richard or Henry in England
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Level 86
Jul 24, 2020
I appreciate that, for once, the number is required. I would say that at least half of the Louis are "historically significant": 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 18.

The number should always be required, and the same holds for british monarchs, of course.

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Level 49
Sep 2, 2020
is louis the english version of ludwig?
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Level 35
Apr 5, 2021
It's the English version of the French Louis lol
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Level 17
Jul 7, 2023
Ludwig is in German
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Level 68
Nov 23, 2023
The name Louis derives from the Germanic name "Hlodowig", which translates as "glorious in battle". The reason so many early French kings bore that name is that it's actually the same name as "Clovis", who was the first king of France. The reason so many later kings bore that name is because of Louis IX, or Saint-Louis, who was later canonized and was considered the most noble ancestor of the royal line.
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Level 59
Sep 2, 2020
Me literally trying Louis for the dynasty...

Also maybe you could have a question like

This now redundant platinum bar is kept in Paris. (The Metre/Meter).

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Level 67
Sep 16, 2020
Is it sad that the only reason I know about fleur-de-lis is because of My Little Pony?
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Level 64
Jun 3, 2022
Absolutely
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Level 48
Oct 19, 2022
agreed
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Level 60
Nov 24, 2023
At least you know how you know it. I don't know how I knew it, but I knew it when I saw it without knowing how I knew it. I didn't even know that I knew it, so I thought I was trying it for fun...
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Level 82
Oct 1, 2020
This quiz would be much easier if I knew French :-(
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Level 37
Jan 13, 2021
Clutched it with Marianne, idk how I remembered but it got me to 20/20.
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Level 62
Jan 30, 2022
Gaul's raiding Rome, Meanwhile in Rome:*Valentinian I has a stroke while screaming in anger*
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Level 58
Apr 2, 2022
fleur-de-lys and not fleur-de-lis :)
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Level 60
Nov 23, 2023
In fact both terms are correct in Heraldry :)
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Level 11
Dec 7, 2022
Please notice that "Mariane" is the symbol of french republic, not of France.
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Level 83
Dec 19, 2022
I was sure those were the same thing, and Wikipedia seems to agree - can you clarify?
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Level 68
Nov 23, 2023
They are functionally the same thing - unless you are one of the few dozen remaining French royalists, which I doubt.
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Level 60
Feb 27, 2023
20/20 good
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Level 49
Sep 18, 2023
I didn’t expect « Mont Blanc » to be in french, even though it’s the official term
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Level 68
Nov 23, 2023
Fun fact: the font that is used in the French Government for laws, decrees, and everything down to letters by civil servants is called... "Marianne".
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Level 30
Jan 15, 2024
How did I do so badly when I went to France myself?
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Level 28
Feb 9, 2024
Gaul as an e: Gaule
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Level 57
Mar 12, 2024
I kept trying to type in Renault Coupé instead of Fraternité because of that one trend