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Geography and History of France on a Map

Do you know French geography? If yes, then this is the quiz for you. If no, then try your best and learn something new. The geography in this quiz ranges from cities to mountains. Good luck have fun! :)
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Hint
Regions
A person from here is known as a 'francilien'
Île de France
Island owned by Genoa (1284 - 1768)
Corsica
Connected to the UK via the Channel Tunnel
Hauts de France
Castles located here include: Montsoreau, Saumur and Brézé
Pays de la Loire
Italian is a common language here
Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur
The city of Tours and the Château de Chambord are found here
Centre Val de Loire
Lorraine and Alsace are part of this region
Grand Est
Wine producing region which has the department of Côte-d'Or despite being landlocked
Bourgogne Franche Comté
Mountainous region which speaks Franco-Provençal / Arpitan
Auvergne Rhône Alpes
'New' region which borders the Atlantic Ocean and Spain
Nouvelle Aquitaine
Someone from this Celtic peninsula is known as a Breton
Brittany
Catalan speaking region which was part of Vichy France
Occitanie
William the Conqueror was the Duke of this region
Normandy
 
 
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Territories/Departments
Department which is home to 'Europe's Spaceport'
French Guiana
Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin split from this department in 2007
Guadeloupe
Predominantly Catholic Island of in Mascarene Islands
Réunion
Territory in Melanesia which uses the CFP France as its currency
New Caledonia
 
 
Hint
Largest Cities
2,145,906
Paris
870,321
Marseille
522,228
Lyon
493,003
Toulouse
343,477
Nice
320,732
Nantes
299,096
Montpellier
290,576
Strasbourg
259,809
Bordeaux
236,234
Lille
222,485
Rennes
180,318
Reims
179,659
Toulon
174,082
Saint Étienne
165,830
Le Havre
159,106
Dijon
158,240
Grenoble
155,876
Angers
154,781
Villeurbanne
153,001
Saint Denis
 
 
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Cultural Cities
Town founded by Louis XIV which was the unofficial capital of the Kingdom of France
Versailles
The 'Maid' of this city free its inhabitants during the Hundred Years War
Orléans
City whose top ethnicities are Europeans and Kanaks
Nouméa
This coastal city could be named after Ajax or Aias, a Greek hero
Ajaccio
This former Dutch colonial city is located in the UTC -3:00 timezone
Cayenne
City of the 24 hour endurance race
Le Mans
Westernmost city in mainland France
Brest
Occitan speaking city where the Palais des Papes is located
Avignon
City where one can find a tapestry about the Norman conquest of England
Bayeux
Allied troops evacuated from here in 1940
Dunkirk
Capital of the former Limousin region
Limoges
 
 
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Landmarks
D-Day beach where most American troops landed
Omaha Beach
Highest sand dune in Europe
Dune of Pilat
Fortified city on the river Aude which is a World Heritage Site
Cité de Carcassonne
Megaliths, dolmens, menhirs, stone axes and more are found in this landmark
Carnac stones
Tidal island with a castle and city walls
Mont Saint Michel
This landmark was built to celebrate the French army
Arc de Triomphe
Roman arena which is now used for bullfights
Amphitheatre of Nîmes
Palace which was a residence for Francis I, Napoleon III, Louis VII and more
Château de Fontainebleau
Hint
Battes
This battle began the 'Race to the Sea' and led to the dismissal of General Moltke
First Battle of the Marne
Battle which established the Duchy of Normandy
Siege of Chartres
Coastal battle in the Peninsular War
Battle of Bayonne
English landing in France during the Hundred Years' War
Siege of Calais
Deadly WWI battle which forced the Germans to retreat to the Hindenburg Line
Battle of the Somme
This 'battle' is celebrated as a national holiday on July 14ᵗʰ
Storming of the Bastille
Napoleon III was captured during this Franco-Prussian War battle
Battle of Sedan
One of the first major Hundred Years' War battles which resulted in the capture of the Count of Eu
Battle of Caen
Lengthy battle in WWI resulting in French victory and heavy casualties
Battle of Verdun
Major Franco-Prussian war battle which ended in French surrender
Siege of Metz
Coastal battle which resulted in the death of King John of Luxembourg, the Count of Flanders, the Count of Alençon and more
Battle of Crécy
Code name for the Allied invasion of Normandy
Operation Overlord
Code name for the landing of Allied troops in southern France
Operation Dragoon
 
 
Hint
Bodies of Water
Sea where one can find the Great Barrier Reef
Coral Sea
Major bay whose French name is named after a former region in France
Bay of Biscay
Busiest shipping route in the world
English Channel
The sea that lies between the Italian Riviera and Corsica
Ligurian Sea
Longest river in France
Loire River
River which forms most of the Franco-German border
Rhine River
River which goes through Lake Geneva and into the Mediterranean Sea
Rhone River
17 million people live along this river's basin
Seine River
This river's name comes for its Latin name, 'Mosa' which means maze in english
Meuse River
 
 
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Mountains
One of the highest mountains in Europe located on the border with Italy
Mont Blanc
There is an astronomical observatory at the peak of this mountain close to Spain
Pic du Midi de Bigorre
Massive mountain range which spans through eight different countries
Alps
This range goes along the France-Spain border and Andorra
Pyrenees
 
 
Hint
People
Philosopher and scientist who came up with 'Cogito ergo sum'
René Descartes
Fashion designer famous for Fragrance No. 5
Coco Chanel
Former president who led Free France during the Nazi occupation of France
Charles de Gaulle
Longest reigning monarch who is nicknamed, the Sun King
Louis XIV
Saint who fought during the Hundred Years' War and was burned at the stake for witchcraft
Joan of Arc
Engineer who partially designed the Statue of Liberty, Garabit Viaduct and more
Gustave Eiffel
Marshal and leader of Vichy France
Philippe Pétain
Current president of France and co-prince of Andorra
Emmanuel Macron
Author who wrote Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Victor Hugo
King of Italy and Emperor of Elba who died in Saint Helena
Napoleon Bonaparte
Four time Formula 1 World Champion who started his own team
Alain Prost
Co-inventor of SCUBA and director of 'The Silent World'
Jacques Yves Cousteau
French aristocrat and major general of the Continental Army
Marquis de Lafayette
Chemist who invented the pasteurisation process and is nicknamed, the father of bacteriology
Louis Pasteur
 
 
Quotes
In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.
Cook with butter in the North, olive oil in the South.
If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France.
How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 varieties of cheese?
16 Comments
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Level 65
Aug 4, 2023
Huge update on 4ᵗʰ August 2023!

• Hints are added

• French answers are now accepted

• Map is revamped and many answers are added

Sources/Credits

• Inspiration: this quiz, this quiz and this quiz.

•Thanks to Brainstorm for helping with this quiz.

• Largest cities: Source

Have a nice day!

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Level 66
Aug 7, 2023
Very nice quiz! Please consider the following type-ins:

- PACA for Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur

- Centre for Centre Val de Loire

- Carcas(s)on(n)e for Cité de Carcassonne

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Level 65
Aug 7, 2023
PACA and the third one will be accepted but centre will not as it is a bit easy to just type center or centre by just guessing.

Thank you for trying the quiz :)

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Level 65
Nov 2, 2023
Centre has now been added
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Level 70
Aug 13, 2023
Saddened by the lack of Martinique... but awesome quiz!
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Level 65
Aug 13, 2023
I hand picked them and I can't include all of them.

Thanks for trying my quiz :)

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Level 60
Aug 13, 2023
I couldn't make Omaha or Pilat work in any form. You also gave away Coco Chanel with "Channel" for La Manche
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Level 65
Aug 13, 2023
I have fixed that now.

Thanks for trying the quiz!

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Level 85
Aug 13, 2023
Allow Coral without the Sea, Bastille without the Storming of, and Omaha without the Beach. There may be more. Enjoyed the quiz but need more type ins
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Level 65
Aug 14, 2023
All of the above have been accepted

Thank you for the suggestions :)

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Level 67
Aug 13, 2023
Great quiz, truly enjoyed it. You should form a series with your other "Geography of ... on a map".
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Level 65
Aug 14, 2023
Infact I do have a series :)

Thanks for trying my quiz and for the positive feedback!

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Level 85
Aug 14, 2023
Today, I learned I've been spelling "Occitaine" wrong.
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Level 41
Nov 11, 2023
Please accept "Ligurie" for Ligurian Sea, "Carnac" for Carnac stones and "Fontainebleau" for Château de Fontainebleau. Also I think it's Marquis de La Fayette, not Lafayette.
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Level 65
Nov 12, 2023
Ligurie has been accepted along with Fontainebleau. Carnac is a town and commune where the Carnac Stones are found so that is not accepted. It is spelled Lafayette.

Thank you

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Level 59
Feb 14, 2024
Great Quiz! In French class we're learning about french art and architecture, so if I had just looked at my notes I could have gotten Chateau de Fontainbleau :( (but its how I knew Bayeux so its all good)