Thanks BritBret, I had worked that one out some while back and it has always confused me.
The French being masculin or feminin has had my sub-conscious brain working overtime every time I say it, I say it correctly but the brain wants to know why and resolve the enigma. plenty of people can explain it either "c'est comme ça!" or in grammatical terms which I dont understand, finally when it sinks in it is a light bumb moment
It was Mints explanation that gave me the this time, that and my Freudien slip of writing Les Francaises which I would not say in conversation.
Am I right in saying one could say or write Les Francaises if referring to an all female group? Say a womans hockey team in an international tournament?