German words don't start with the English S-sound. It either sounds as Z before a vowel or Sh before a consonant. E.g., Straßburg sounds like Shtrassbūr(k).
So I think it should be "Capital of French state, 1940-44". Please consider it.
Moreover France is a geographic conception and not the official denomination. Diplomatically speaking it is the French Republic. As we shall not say Russia but Russian Federation or Taiwan instead of Republic of China.
If the quiz aims to be punctilious the question is biased.
But there are some disparities in the conception of "cities" between France and UK for example.
They have done that only for one thing : the mayors of the small communes that received the title of "city" with a charter in the middle ages would have guage if their "city" had downgraded to village. But we agree that a real city in France is 110 000 inhabitants. Otherwise it's a small town or rural area (unless it's a town attached to a metropolis or a big city).
must say, i found it pretty straightforward, apart from the two cities in overseas territories. Basically you could write down any major french city and expect to get a hit. I would add the yellow boxes to make the quiz more challenging
As a French guy I got everything, would be a pity if not...