Cycled out from Châtelaillon, near La Rochelle, to an informal seafood restaurant out by the sea, Le Rochebonne. One of the langoustines had barnacles on its claws. Why isn’t it La Rochebonne, since roche (rock) is feminine? Because it is the name of a fonds just out there, and fonds is masculine – we were told. We passed the town hall, bureau no. 1 for today’s presidential election; there wasn’t a queue.