A Passion for Petanque

To most people pétanque is just a load of boules, a game you see Frenchmen play on bumpy bone-dry pitches, usually with a glass of pastis not far away. In fact some 17 million French people (men and women) play pétanque, particularly in Provence where it was invented 100 years ago this year, in a village called La Ciotat near Marseille.

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