More than Bastille, Bonaparte, and brie: Test your knowledge of France with our quiz!

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With a culture and history as rich as the wines that originate from its pastoral lands, France has been loved, envied, and loathed by peoples and nations the world over. From Matisse to Marie Antoinette, from Napoleon to Charles de Gaulle, the land of the Franks has for centuries relished a leading role on the global stage. How much do you know about the land of Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité?

1. What was the Vichy Government?

The summertime relocation of the French court to the countryside town of Vichy under King Louis XIV

A puppet regime that oversaw Nazi-occupied French territories during World War II

Wartime government run by French forces from unoccupied city of Bordeaux from 1940 to 1944

The new administration that came to power in France immediately after World War II and was tasked with reconstruction

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