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French light cruiser was sabotaged by her own crew on Marseillaise , in order to prevent the , November 27 1942 Germans from capturing the ship?
French Gothic in Niederhaslach Church Alsace was plundered in 1525 during the Peasants' War, burnt in 1633 during the Thirty Years' War, and became a slaughterhouse in 1744?
French flying boat was designed in the 1930s, but didn't enter service in the Breguet 730 French Navy until after the end of World War II due to the German occupation of that country?
French navigation authority manages 3,800-kilometre (2,400 mi) of Voies navigables de France canals and 2,900-kilometre (1,800 mi) rivers on the largest network of waterways in Europe?
French orientalist painter Étienne Dinet (pictured) was so fascinated by Arab culture that he converted to Islam?
French Minister of Cooperation initiated the process that culminated with the signing of the Pierre Abelin Lomé Convention in 1975?
French submarine , built in Plongeur 1863, was the first submarine in the world not to use human power for propulsion?
French pre-dreadnought battleship was the first ship to mount a Henri IV superfiring gun turret?
French admiral took possession of the Dupetit Thouars Tahiti archipelago against his government's will?
feminist (1874–1939) was the first female Madeleine Pelletier psychiatrist in France and that she dressed as a man to protest the oppression of women?
1539 , which mandated the use of Ordinance of Villers-Cotterêts French in official documents, contributed to the rise of French nationalism?
baptistery of the , one of Cathedral of Saint-Léonce France's oldest Christian structures, was concealed after reconstructions in the 13th century and re-discovered in 1925?
French science fiction film , created by first-time Eden Log director Franck Vestiel, was shot using only hand-held cameras?
1994 French– Romanian film depicts the persecution of An Unforgettable Summer Bulgarians by Romanian Army personnel, in a metaphor of the Yugoslav wars?
airship Patrie (pictured) broke free from its moorings at Souhesmes, France, blew across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and was eventually lost in the Atlantic Ocean?
F class destroyer HMS Fury (pictured) carried the former King Edward VIII to France the day after he abdicated the throne?
automobile factory in Poissy, France, built by , was later owned by Ford SAF Simca, Chrysler and finally Peugeot, and continues production to this day? ( pictured)
French car ( Simca Vedette pictured) was first marketed as a Ford and later manufactured as a Chrysler in Brazil?
French clothing brand is named after a small bird that inhabits the Cacharel Camargue?
Romanian mathematician was Simion Stoilow ambassador to France and a delegate to the Paris Peace Conference in 1946, just prior to serving as founding director of the Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy?
RTÉ television series follows families as they relocate to countries such as The Great Escape South Africa, Australia, Austria, Italy, France and Spain?
Louisiana short story writer had a Ada Jack Carver Snell French grandmother who encouraged her literary and intellectual pursuits?
Royal Navy sloop captured three HMS Beagle French privateers during her ten years of service?
tanker ship ended up discharging her cargo in a CHANT 26 French field during the Second World War?
British plan for the in battle of Bazentin Ridge 1916, was dismissed beforehand by one French commander as "an attack organized for amateurs by amateurs"?
tomb of Pope Clement II in the Bamberg Cathedral is the only outside extant papal tomb Italy and France?
lighthouse was built in 1855 in order to provide safe navigation for the Rumeli Feneri French and British war ships entering the Bosphorus from the Black Sea during the Crimean War?
John Lennon song " " features the lines "Every day in every way/It's getting better and better", which were inspired by the Beautiful Boy mantra of French psychologist Émile Coué?
French village of , best known as the home and landscape subject of Giverny Claude Monet, is a pre-Roman town known in ancient deeds as Warnacum?
French fast minelaying cruiser exploded in Pluton Casablanca Harbor, French Morocco, on 13 September 1939 while disembarking fuzed mines?
French colonial administration in Guinea opposed the founding of the political party in 1954, as they feared it would split the anti- Socialist Democracy Sékou Touré vote?
French won a victory over the Royal Navy in a during the naval battle off Cape Breton American Revolutionary War?
genre of Hispanic creative arts known as costumbrismo (example pictured) was influenced by Englishmen Joseph Addison and Richard Steele and Frenchmen Jouy and Louis-Sébastien Mercier?
Great Western Railway in connection with their trains to provide services to operated ships Ireland, the Channel Islands and France?
German prisoners of war built part of the Stade de Gerland stadium in Lyon, France, after the First World War?
the 1999 hit song "
" ("Take Off Your Shirt") was part of a sudden popularity trend by Tomber la chemise rappers of North African immigrant origins in France?
technology from 18th-century
France and China was used to improve the ?
economy of Mysore kingdom in 2002, a
Trotskyist became the general secretary of the trade union centre in the C.G.T.G French overseas department of Guadeloupe?
French photographer became the first photographer to have his work published in color?
Léon Gimpel in 1866,
French chessplayer published one of the first chess books in the Napoleon Marache United States, which also discussed strategy for backgammon and dominoes?
French actress and comedienne was selected the fifth most popular French celebrity by the weekly Mimie Mathy ?
Le Journal du Dimanche in
Bryan Talbot's graphic novel , Grandville France won the Napoleonic Wars, invaded Britain and guillotined the British Royal Family?
in August 1936,
British Ambassador to France warned Sir George Clerk Yvon Delbos of the dangers of French intervention in the Spanish Civil War?
in April 1919, the crew of the
French Courbet-class battleship Jean Bart (pictured) mutinied while helping defend Sevastopol from the advancing Bolsheviks?
France, the is used for Picardy Spaniel hunting snipes?
said that Phan Thanh Gian France's "wealth and strength are beyond description"?
traveled overland the full length of Barthélemy de Lesseps Russia to deliver reports from the La Pérouse expedition to the French Ambassador in St. Petersburg and from there continued on to Paris?
, the population of Italian War of 1542–1546 Toulon, France was expelled to make room for an Ottoman naval base?
, over 1% of the Luxembourgian population died fighting for German occupation of Luxembourg in World War I France, even though Luxembourg remained officially neutral?
Siege of Paris, French inventor and photographer used René Dagron carrier pigeons carrying microfilms to send messages across German lines?
having moved to
South Africa to start his missionary work at age 22, died at age 83 in Joseph Gérard Lesotho without ever returning to his home country of France?
established the aesthetic principle of the Catherine Bernard French literary with the dictum: "the [adventures] should always be implausible and the emotions always natural"?
conte de fées in 1772, Lieutenant
claimed Louis Aleno de St Aloüarn sovereignty over Western Australia on behalf of France?
French Huguenot refugee brought church records from Élie Bouhéreau La Rochelle to Ireland to save them from destruction, and they remained there for nearly 200 years?
in a few villages and towns of southern
France and Spain it is , and that there are attempts to have the same law in a town in illegal to die Brazil?
in his varied career in
French politics, was concurrently mayor of a Raymond Janot small town and secretary-general of the international French Community?
remnants of ancient
amphorae indicate was exported to wine from Tuscany southern Italy and France as early as the 7th century BC?
only one of the cardinal electors in the
, which elected papal conclave, 1304–1305 Pope Clement V, who began the Avignon Papacy, was French?
one of many examples of
is that territorial evolution of the Caribbean France sold the Caribbean island of Saint-Barthelemy to Sweden in 1784, who in turn sold it back to France in 1878?
since 1978, countries including
Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, and the United States have compiled ?
government reports on groups referred to as cults since 2005, after a gap of a century, stone traps are allowed again for
in selected regions of bird trapping France?
stencils known as
Empègue (pictured) were placed by youths on houses in Beauvoisin, France in August 2000?
later became the basis for Nazi German anti-partisan operations counterinsurgency policies developed by countries such as France and the United States?
December 8, families celebrating th in Fête des lumières Lyon, France, line their windowsills with candles to express gratitude to Mary, mother of Jesus? ( pictured)
, January 21 2006 , a Ilan Halimi French Jew, was kidnapped by a gang of Muslim immigrant youths and subsequently tortured to death, with the motive being either money or anti-Semitism?
17th century , a Jean Gery French deserter, later served as a guide and translator for the Spanish in North America?
in the 1894–95
, Madagascar expedition France lost only 25 men in combat, but as many as 4,800 men to diseases?
in the 1537
, the Siege of Corfu Ottoman Emperor Suleiman the Magnificent was joined by a French fleet under Baron de Saint-Blancard?
in 1625, Capture of Ré island English and Dutch warships were used controversially to quell a revolt of French Huguenot coreligionaries?
, the Siege of Esztergom (1543) Ottoman Emperor Suleiman captured the Hungarian city of Esztergom with the support of French artillery?
Albert Londres was one of the 54 people killed in the fire onboard the French ocean liner on 15 May 1932?
Georges Philippar in the
, 1679 Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye Brandenburg was forced by France to return recently conquered Swedish Pomerania to Sweden?
Vietnamese "poet of love" wrote a poem about the love affair between the Xuân Diệu French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, fueling speculations that he himself was homosexual?
West African trade union centre , a splinter-group of the CGTA French CGT, rejected the notion of class struggle, stating that there were no antagonistic classes in Africa?
the city of
Strasbourg, France is the sole or main seat of over 20 ?
international institutions the church of
in south-central Valmagne Abbey France has been used as a wine cave since the abbey was confiscated and sold during the French Revolution?
the capture of the
French frigate by the Modeste British in the neutral port of Genoa in 1793 created a diplomatic incident?
the design of
in Notre-Dame-des-Missions-du-cygne d'Enghien Épinay-sur-Seine, France was inspired by the architectural styles of five continents?
the discovery of the
in Telfer Mine Western Australia, officially attributed to Newmont Mining, has been claimed by French prospector Jean-Paul Turcaud?
helicopter flight was in 1906 in , Lisieux France?
Czechoslovakian flag was handed over by the French President in the small Vosges town of ?
Darney the final section of
La Nouvelle branch (pictured), a canal in south-central France, was constructed in 1776 to link Narbonne to the Canal du Midi?
the capture of
King Louis IX during the Seventh Crusade prompted as many as 60,000 young shepherds in France to participate in the in 1251?
Shepherds' Crusade the Roman marble head of a
Polyclitan Diadumenos (pictured) found at the in Abbey of Vauluisant Bourgogne, France suggests that the site was once a Roman villa?
between Treaty of Compiègne France and the Dutch Republic compelled the Dutch to fight against their French Protestant coreligionists at the Capture of Ré island in 1625?
was awarded to the Tonkin commemorative medal French soldiers and sailors who participated in the Tonkin campaign and the Sino-French War, between 1883 and 1885?
, first produced in 1928, was the first T-18 tank tank designed and built in the Soviet Union, and that its design was based on the French Renault FT-17 of the First World War?
was the standard Vickers machine gun weapon on all British and French military aircraft after 1916?
is a massive Waterloo Vase marble urn, 15 feet (4.6 metres) high and weighing 15 tons (13.6 metric tons), which was commissioned by French leader Napoleon but ultimately became an ornament in the British monarch's Buckingham Palace Gardens?
the June 2009
of state funeral Omar Bongo (pictured) was attended by 40 heads of state, including representatives from France, Spain and the President of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe?
, which was founded in 1570 under the auspices of Académie de Poésie et de Musique Charles IX of France by the poet Jean-Antoine de Baïf and the musician Joachim Thibault de Courville, was the first academy in France?
the first known
was the arch dam Glanum Dam, built by the Romans in modern day France during the 1st century BC?
the largest known metal vessel from
antiquity is an elaborately decorated bronze volute krater (pictured) discovered at the in Vix Grave Burgundy, France in 1953?
while in service as a
troop transport after World War I, carried two American recipients of the SS Ohioan French Croix de Guerre, one of which was a homing pigeon?
cannons brought as gifts to Louis XIV of France by the Siamese embassy of 1686 (pictured) ended up being seized and used by revolutionaries in the Storming of the Bastille in 1789?
the wealthy connoisseur
created the first romantic Claude-Henri Watelet landscape garden in France?
Berber scholar of Arsène Roux France collected and studied an enormous amount of Sous Berber texts and manuscripts, almost nothing from his scholarly work actually saw publication during his lifetime?
Minas Gerais (pictured), Brazil became the third country to have a dreadnought under construction, ahead of traditional powers like France and Russia?
Source Seine commune in France is the source of the Seine?
signed between Secret Treaty of Dover England and France, King Charles II attempted to convert England to Catholicism?
the town of
, was named as such because its coal mine's financial backers resided in Lille, Alberta Lille, France?
the top of the Chapel of Saint-Michel at
is the highest point in Parc naturel régional d'Armorique Brittany, France?
the real objective of the 1732
, where Treaty of Three Black Eagles Prussia, Austria and Russia agreed to support the Portuguese Infante Manuel, Count of Ourém in elections to the Polish throne, was to create a rift between France and Prussia?
the plot of the "
" episode of 4-D was inspired by The X-Files French journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby, who could only communicate by blinking his left eyelid?
the leader of the
French was given a Garden Gnome Liberation Front suspended sentence after the group "liberated" over 150 garden gnomes (example pictured) in 1997?
the spacious Hall of Lost Footsteps was added to the medieval
at the behest of Palace of Poitiers Alienor of Aquitaine, Queen consort of France and England?
the striking of a
French consul with a by fly-whisk Ottoman ruler Hussein Dey was used as a pretext for the invasion of Algiers?
the third of four
sent in the late 19th century by expeditions French nobleman Marquis de Rays to an imaginary majestic colony called New France in present day Papua New Guinea, saw 123 Italian settlers perish of disease and famine?
was coined by choral symphony French composer Hector Berlioz (pictured) when describing his symphony, ?
Roméo et Juliette the
Siamese method (example pictured) is a simple method for creating magic squares, which was brought to France in 1688 following Simon de la Loubère's embassy to Siam?
was the first Schneider CA1 French tank?
led to the annexation of Burgundy Wars Burgundy by France?
by bombardment of Brussels French troops (ruins pictured) in 1695 was later described by Napoleon Bonaparte as being "as barbarous as it was useless?"
(F.E.A.N.F.) opposed the Black African Students Federation in France French 1965 , which it considered as a move to Loi Cadre Balkanize Africa?
contains the remains of a Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Canadian soldier who died in France during World War I?
, built in 1849, is an 80 kilometres (50 mi) Canal de Marseille canal which runs through Provence to bring water from the Durance to Marseille, in France?
in Chinese House Potsdam was Frederick the Great's attempt to follow the contemporary Chinese fashion, which originated in France?
Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul (pictured) in Nantes, France took 457 years to complete?
was a victory for the Battle of Palikao British and French forces during the Second Opium War which enabled them to take Beijing and defeat the Qing Empire?
resulted in the death of the Battle of Beaune-la-Rolande French impressionist painter Frédéric Bazille whilst leading his unit in the attack?
, near Abbey of Fontenay Dijon in France, was founded by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in 1118 and is one of the oldest and most complete Cistercian abbeys in Europe?
was the first 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Canadian unit on the ground in France in the Invasion of Normandy on D-Day, 1944?
14"/50 caliber railway guns (pictured), used in France during World War I, were created when the U.S. Navy mounted five spare battleship guns on specially-made railway cars?
, a Adrar des Ifoghas sandstone massif in Mali's Kidal Region, is half the size of France?
Amar Mahal Palace (pictured) in Jammu, India, built by a French architect on the lines of a chateau for Raja Amar Singh, is now run as a museum by the Hari-Tara charitable trust?
Barnenez Mound (pictured) in Brittany, France, is a cairn with 11 chambers built of 13,000 to 14,000 tons of stone dating to about 4500 BC, making it one of the earliest megalithic monuments in Europe?
was the largest corps fielded by the Australian Corps British army in France during World War I?
common mullein plant was burnt in France during celebrations on the second Sunday of Lent to protect against evil spirits and demons?
of crown-cardinals Austria, France, and Spain could exercise the during jus exclusivae papal conclaves from the 16th to 20th centuries?
in Palace of Tau Reims, France, is named after its shape, which resembles the letter T ( tau, in the Greek alphabet)?
has been manufactured since the Opinel knife 1890s in the town of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in the Savoie region of France?
was once the largest old Rouen tramway electric tramway in France, with 70 km (43 mi) of route?
in Pariser Platz Berlin is named after the French capital in memory of Napoleon's defeat at the Battle of Leipzig in 1813?
in Petit Pont Paris, France has been destroyed at least 13 times since its construction in the Roman era?
of Sausage Valley WWI-era France was so named because the Germans frequently flew a sausage-shaped observation balloon above it?
, Rhone Rangers winemakers who promote the use of grapes from the Rhône Valley in France, were a driving force behind Syrah's increased popularity among Californian wines?
during Nivelle Offensive World War I involved around 1.2 million French troops and over 7,000 guns?
became the largest Martinican Communist Party political party in the French of département d'outre-mer Martinique in the 1960s?
Frot-Laffly landship (pictured) was an early tank design based on a compactor, and built by France in early 1915?
formed by Gens. French Committee of National Liberation Henri Giraud and Charles de Gaulle officially became the provisional government of France after its liberation from Nazi Germany in 1944?
is the administrative organisation responsible for monitoring the accounts of professional Direction Nationale du Contrôle de Gestion football clubs in France?
was a 1382 Harelle tax revolt that began in the city of Rouen and was emulated in many other French cities?
on the Iroise Sea Atlantic Ocean is France's first marine park?
was a Japanese submarine I-8 World War II Imperial Japanese Navy submarine, famous for completing a technology exchange mission between occupation forces in France?
is an atypical irony mark punctuation mark that, along with others, has been featured in some French artistic and literary publications to denote typographically different meanings in sentences?
Second World War, was detained by the SS Hispania French, seized by the Vichy French, declared a war prize, passed to the Kriegsmarine and eventually sold back to her original owners?
World War II the British military successfully airdropped homing pigeons into German-occupied France so that they might carry the locals' intelligence reports back to England?
Levantine architect of French descent , who designed the landmark Raymond Charles Père Izmir Clock Tower (pictured) in Turkey, was a native of Izmir?
Juan Luna's painting portrays three The Parisian Life Filipino gentlemen and heroes glancing inquisitively at a woman while inside a café in Paris, France?
Polish Military Intelligence chief suggested before 1939 that, if war approached, Poland share her Tadeusz Pełczyński Enigma-cipher-breaking techniques with France and Britain?
Michigan, France, and the United States have all sued for claim to the “holy grail” of Great Lakes shipwrecks, French explorer La Salle’s ship Le Griffon (pictured) that sank in 1679?
Philippe Pastour de Costebelle, the French governor of Plaisance, Newfoundland, ordered the destruction of St. John's after by French forces in 1709?
Russian admiral Vasily Zavoyko (pictured) defended against superior British- French forces in the 1854 Siege of Petropavlovsk, and even captured the British banner?
Princess Stéphanie of Monaco’s song " " was a number one hit in Ouragan France?
Polish general held Józef Zając military decorations from Poland, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austro-Hungary, and the short-lived state of Central Lithuania?
German physicist wrote an article for Max von Laue Acta Crystallographica, which dealt with the absorption of x-rays under interference conditions, while in French military incarceration in 1945?
French singer Patricia Kaas' 1990 album was certified Scène de vie Diamond in France, Double-platinum in Switzerland and Platinum in Canada?
French poet and novelist was a pacifist who was killed in action during Louis Pergaud World War I in 1915?
French painter was the principal court painter to Charles-André van Loo Louis XV of France?
French painter was ordered to destroy her royal portraits after the Adélaïde Labille-Guiard French Revolution?
French protests caused the Russians to award the contract for the Gangut-class battleship to a Russian firm rather than the German winner of the 1908 international design contest?
French showman and soldier could eat his own weight in meat every day?
Frenchman accomplished the world's first powered Jean-Marie Le Bris flight in 1856, with a glider that was pulled behind a running horse?
French top-ten single " " by the trio Nuit Fredericks Goldman Jones was penned in just a few hours?
Russian painter ( Alexandre Jacovleff pictured) participated in trans- Saharan and trans- Asian (from Syria to China) expeditions organized by the French car manufacturer Citroën?
Senegalese marabout was executed by Mahmadu Lamine French soldiers for leading an 1886 rebellion against the French colonial government?
Charles Le Gendre (pictured), was born in France, married in Belgium, but died an American general in 1899, working for King Gojong, Emperor of Korea?
was the royal Charles Angibaud apothecary to Louis XIV of France, but left France in 1681 to avoid persecution as a Protestant Huguenot and moved to London, where he was later Master of the Society of Apothecaries?
( Château de Clermont pictured) belonged to the French actor Louis de Funès?
, a Christian Jouanin French ornithologist, has described three species of birds, including Jouanin's Petrel and the critically endangered Djibouti Francolin?
David B. Barkley (pictured), who drowned in the Meuse River, France after completing a scouting mission behind enemy lines during World War I, was the U.S. Army's first Hispanic Medal of Honor recipient?
, a teenager who killed 14 people in Eric Borel Cuers, Var, was the most deadly mass murderer in France since 1989?
were military formations created by Demi-Brigades France, to help better organize the French Revolutionary Army?
is a Château de Cayx in royal residence of the Danish monarch France?
was the first female Cécile Guillaume engraver of postage stamps in France?
trash cans in France are known as poubelles because first imposed them on Eugène Poubelle Paris?
Tahitian nationalist was elected to the Pouvanaa a Oopa French Senate representing French Polynesia following his return from exile in France?
soul singer 's album Bettye Lavette Souvenirs was recorded in 1972, but was shelved by Atlantic Records until a French music collector discovered it and released it in 2000, sparking a continuing surge of interest in the singer?
Turkey was so dissatisfied with that it had its first set of stamps France make the second set (example pictured)?
, a major Aeroplanes Voisin French aircraft manufacturer during World War I, was dissolved after the war when its cofounder Gabriel Voisin became more interested in designing automobiles than planes?
, known as a Benjamin Fondane Symbolist poet in Romania, a Jewish existentialist thinker in France and an avant-garde filmmaker in Argentina, was killed at Auschwitz in late 1944?
, a former member of the Allen Bares Louisiana State Legislature, was awarded the Medal of Merit by France for promotion of the French language?
French officer was despised by his troops during Charles Mangin World War I due to his aggressive tactics, which earned him the nickname "The Butcher"?
French naturalist and explorer had the same great-grandfather as biologist Théodore Monod Jacques Monod and director Jean-Luc Godard?
France has strengthened by signing agreements allowing it to purchase French-made bilateral ties with India nuclear reactors, the Mirage 2000 fighters, and the Scorpène submarines?
Dylan McGrath's documentary was criticised by The Pressure Cooker Michelin star- winning French restaurateur but has been praised by Patrick Guilbaud owner L'Ecrivain , a judge alongside Derry Clarke on the Sammy Leslie -produced Adare ?
Confederate brigadier general studied advanced military tactics at the Cavalry School of James Morrison Hawes Saumur, France?
France is the only former colonial power still to in maintain territory North America?
France was the first country to adopt the ?
France's Madagascar expedition of 1883 (bombing action pictured) was triggered by the will to remove British economic and religious influence from the island of Madagascar?
France was the first to issue official postage due stamps in 1859?
cinematographer first developed an interest in photography after his father convinced him to take a Lawrence Sher 35mm camera on a Teaneck High School-sponsored trip to France?
Catherine II's was banned in pre-revolutionary 18th-century Instruction to the Legislative Assembly France as a "libertarian book"?
French artilleries were the most efficient at cannon operation (pictured), capable of firing 150 shots per cannon daily during siege?
Franco- Portuguese industrialist Jácome Ratton (pictured) left a vivid account of the 1755 Lisbon earthquake in his memoirs and was exiled to the Azores during the Napoleonic Wars?
is regarded by Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein Jacobites as third in line for the throne of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland?
18th century French were often led by those who were creating the salons ?
footballer was honored for heroism in the Edward King Philippines and tactical skill in France and later became Commandant of the Army Command and General Staff College?
Camille Le Mercier d'Erm and his colleagues formed the in 1911 to advocate the independence of Breton Nationalist Party Brittany from France?
Cambodia's was part of Mongkol Borei District Thailand until the French demanded it back in 1907?
France's was the first Ford Vedette car to feature MacPherson struts?
French architect designed the structure that initially housed the Jean-Baptiste Vallin de la Mothe Hermitage Museum and the palace where Grigory Rasputin was murdered?
French Sinologist was caught up in the Paul Pelliot Boxer Rebellion and trapped in the siege of Peking?
French Olympic shooter won his first of seven Olympic medals at the age of 38?
French Roman Catholic archbishop Marcel Lefebvre's father died in a René Lefebvre Nazi concentration camp?
French soprano was imprisoned for three years after Germaine Lubin World War II for her alleged support of Nazi Germany?
French tennis player won 9 Henri Leconte ATP titles in an 11 year period?
French historian was the son of Augustin Cochin Denys Cochin, a prominent right wing Deputy in the National Assembly of France?
French artist and his son Henri Félix Emmanuel Philippoteaux Paul created a cyclorama of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg that drew over half a million viewers within a year of its premiere?
French photographer took hundreds of photographs and wrote more than a thousand articles on photography, but suddenly gave up the subject without any explanation?
French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac once lived in the house on the Moika River Embankment which now hosts the ?
Consulate-General of France in Saint Petersburg
French general served four governments in Jean Touzet du Vigier World War II – the Third Republic, the Vichy regime, Free France, and the Fourth Republic?
French Champagne merchant was imprisoned for Charles Heidsieck espionage during the American Civil War, sparking an international incident?
French cartographer was the first to provide a theoretical foundation to Jacques Bertin Information Visualization?
French geography professor theorized that Henri Enjalbert Albania, the Ionian islands and southern Dalmatia were the only European regions with grapevines following the last Ice Age?
French geologist Alexandre-Emile Béguyer de Chancourtois (pictured) was the first to arrange the chemical elements by atomic weight, but his design was ignored by many chemists?
French Major General , who later commanded French forces during the René Cogny First Indochina War, was captured in June 1940 by the German army, and had to escape by crawling naked through a drainpipe?
French lighthouse ( Phare de la Vieille pictured) was operated manually as late as 1995?
is the largest Etaples Military Cemetery Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in France, with over 11,500 burials?
was awarded the François-Marie Le Marchand de Lignery Order of Saint Louis for his role in the French victory over British General Edward Braddock in the 1755 Battle of the Monongahela?
was formed in October 1528 between Franco-Hungarian alliance Francis I of France and Zapolya of Hungary?
a "witch's egg"
(pictured), the immature form of the carrion-odoured , is eaten in parts of common stinkhorn France and Germany?
, known as the " James Hutchison Pimpernel of the Maquis" for his liaison work with the French Resistance, was so well known to the Gestapo that he had plastic surgery before being parachuted into France after D-Day?
served in the regiment of Spanish troops French Army from 1809 to 1813, despite France and Spain being at war with each other in the Iberian Peninsula?
a bridge has existed at the site of the
Pont Notre-Dame (pictured) in Paris, France since antiquity?
France expelled the Vaudois Protestant group living in Piedmont in 1686, the latter fought their way back home during the War of the Grand Alliance?
according to legend, the
relics of were discovered in Saints Ferreolus and Ferrutio 370 by a military tribune whose dog chased a fox into a cave near present-day Besançon, France?
a scandal caused by the suicide of
French politician and suspected murderer helped foment the Charles de Choiseul-Praslin 1848 Revolution?
mycologist wrote a work on the local flora of the René Maire Haute-Saône in the Franche-Comté region of northeastern France when he was only 18 years old?
wrote the first description of the Christopher Merret méthode champenoise used to make sparkling wine, long before it was documented in the Champagne region of France?
( Kabloona 1941) is a classic account of a Frenchman's life among Canadian Inuit?
, a Jeûne genevois public holiday in Geneva, Switzerland, has its origins in the persecution of Protestants that took place in Lyon, France, over 400 years ago?
escaped from a Juliano Verbard French prison in a hijacked helicopter?
is a famous memoir written by Papillon Henri Charrière about his numerous escape attempts from a French penal colony in French Guiana?
, a The Big Blowdown crime novel by American author George Pelecanos, was the recipient of the International Crime Novel of the Year award in France, Germany and Japan?
Gia Long united Vietnam under the Nguyen dynasty after French missionary , whom he met in a forest while fleeing the Pigneau de Behaine Tay Son dynasty, sought French military assistance?
of the Alexander Hood Royal Navy was killed in battle between his ship and the Mars French Hercule in 1798?
Sweden entered the Thirty Years' War, Pomerania and France became her allies in the and the Treaty of Stettin (1630) (1631)?
Treaty of Bärwalde after
Bernard Natan directed and acted in hardcore heterosexual and bisexual pornographic films from 1920 to 1927, by 1929 he owned the giant French movie studio Pathé and later helped develop the anamorphic film lens?
between 47,000 and 65,000
live in Filipinos France?
in Second Battle of the Aisne World War I, the French suffered over 187,000 casualties?
at least eleven of the twenty electors of the
were from the papal conclave, 1362 Limousin province of France?
German Federal Minister of Labor Norbert Blüm and former Secretary of State of France Alain Vivien have been recognized with the ?
Leipzig Human Rights Award despite strong support from
England, all three in southwestern Huguenot rebellions France were suppressed by King Louis XIII?
World War I, U.S. YMCA worker and preacher sailed to William Howard Hoople France to serve on the front lines as an entertainer?
, Allied siege La Rochelle was the last French city to be liberated from German occupation in 1945?
, a Bougon prehistoric burial mound in France, archeologists found the skull of a man who had undergone three trepanations during his lifetime?
although his crew were merely taking geological observations, the
British Government believed had claimed Cyrille Pierre Théodore Laplace New Zealand for France?
after an engagement
(pictured) initiated by , captained by HMS Cleopatra , the larger Sir Robert Laurie French frigate captured her attacker, but was so badly damaged in the battle that both ships were later captured in turn by Ville de Milan HMS ?
Leander after a collision with the
Scottish clipper , the Loch Earn French steamship sank in only 12 minutes, with the loss of 226 lives?
Ville du Havre after
William Montagu, 1st Earl of Salisbury (pictured) was captured by the French in the Hundred Years' War, he had to promise never to fight in France again?
Champagne region, the produces more Loire Valley sparkling wine than any other region in France?
French defeat at the during the Battle of Muong Khoua French Indochina War, the four surviving soldiers trekked 80 kilometres (50 mi) through the jungle of Laos to safety?
after the fall of
Napoleon in France, some 200 Bonapartists fled to the United States and attempted to establish an to grow agricultural settlement wine grapes and olive trees in the Alabama wilderness?
Red Baron, French ace had the most confirmed René Fonck World War I aerial victories?
and Villeurbanne Lyon form the second-largest conurbation in France?
, a company based in the small town of Tain l'Hermitage in the Valrhona Rhône Valley in France, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of high-quality chocolate?
persuaded the government of Jean Desbouvrie France to test swallows as an alternative to carrier pigeons?
Jean-Baptiste Belley (pictured), a former slave from Saint-Domingue, became a member of the National Convention of France, where in 1794 he took part in the decision to abolish slavery?
was the first commercially successful woman Jacqueline Audry film director of post-war France?
, an Sir John Luttrell English soldier and diplomat under Henry VIII and Edward VI, was the subject of an allegorical portrait (pictured) by Hans Eworth celebrating peace with France and Scotland?
Lucques (pictured), , Aglandau , Salonenque , Picholine , Olivière , Tanche , Bouteillan , Cailletier , Grossane , Germaine and Cayon are some of about a hundred Sabine French olive cultivars?
, a Marc-André Raffalovich French poet, writer on homosexuality, and patron of the arts, had a life-long relationship with John Gray, the purported model for Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray?
was a Makhir of Narbonne Babylonian-Jewish scholar who settled in Narbonne, France at the end of the 8th century, and his descendants were leaders of the local Jewish community who bore the title of " nasi" (prince)?
art is so called because very similar styles existed in centres as far apart as International Gothic France, Bohemia, Italy and Burgundy?
, a soldier in Henri Joseph Fenet World War II, was awarded both the Croix de Guerre by France and the Knight's Cross by Germany?
played Frank Brickowski basketball in Italy, France and Israel for three years in the early 1980s, until the New York Knicks thought he was ready for the NBA?
, a short-lived France Antarctique French colony, was not in Antarctica but in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil?
span more than two millennia, and have involved numerous France–Asia relations alliances between France and Asian countries?
, an island in the Gavrinis Gulf of Morbihan off the coast of Brittany, France, has a rich abundance of megalithic art from the New Stone Age?
, the first Gia Long Emperor of Vietnam's Nguyen Dynasty unified the country for the first time in its modern state with French military assistance from his friend and Catholic priest Pigneau de Behaine?
, captured by the HMS Laura French in 1812, became an American privateer, only to be recaptured by the British less than a year later?
founded Greeks in pre-Roman Gaul Marseilles, the oldest city of France, circa 600 BCE?
in Marmoutier Abbey France was destroyed four times between its construction in the 4th Century and the raising of a private school on its latest ruins?
was a former Marthe Richard prostitute and spy who worked to make brothels illegal in France?
was a fictitious Roderigue Hortalez and Company front organization set up by France to help American revolutionaries fight England?
was a Raymond Monvoisin French painter and Legion of Honor recipient invited by the Chilean government to establish an Academy of Painting in Santiago, and who also dabbled in mining and ranching?
Quan Thanh Temple (principal gate pictured), a Taoist temple in Hanoi, was once wrongly named as a Buddhist pagoda by the French?
in Rue de l'Abbaye Paris takes its name from an abbey where the Merovingian kings of France used to be interred?
was a Saint Foutin syncretic amalgam of the first bishop of Lyon, France and pre- Christian Gaulish phallic worship?
successfully ran for election to the Shmuel Flatto-Sharon Knesset to avoid extradition to France, where he was wanted for embezzlement?
Sausenburg Castle (pictured) in Germany was destroyed in 1678 by the army of French Marshall Creque during the Franco-Dutch War?
, Przemysław I Noszak Duke of Cieszyn unsuccessfully tried to negotiate peace between England and France fighting the Hundred Years' War?
was the Pierre Lacau French Egyptologist and Director of Antiquities who oversaw the discovery of Tutankhamun (mask pictured) in the Valley of the Kings?
was only ten years old when she had to go into hiding during the Monique Serf German occupation of France in World War II?
, a leader of Mirosław Iringh Slovak , wore a Platoon 535 white-blue-red armband made out of a French military decoration once bestowed upon a fellow insurrectionist by Marshal Foch?
designed the Maurice Durand lighthouses at the and the Île d'Yeu in Pointe du Grouin du Cou France to replace earlier structures that had been destroyed during World War II?
, named to assume the post of Muhtar Kent CEO of the Coca-Cola Company on , is the son of , July 1 2008 a Turkish diplomat, who risked his life to save Jews in France during the Holocaust?
was called to serve Emperor Nguyen Truong To Tu Duc of Vietnam despite having earlier assisted France's colonization of southern Vietnam?
, a Nicolas Sarrabat French scientist and Jesuit, conducted experiments on the circulation of plants, argued that magnetism was caused by a fire at the Earth's centre, and discovered the largest comet ever recorded?
, who helped found the Nicolas-Charles Bochsa Royal Academy of Music in 1822, was only in London because he had fled France five years earlier to avoid prosecution for multiple counts of forgery and fraud?
", which deals with the theme of a 4 Mots sur un piano romantic relationship between two men and one woman, was the fifth best-selling single of 2007 in France?
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