How the French sport of pétanque is going upmarket – and banning drinking and smoking

How the French sport of pétanque is going upmarket – and banning drinking and smoking

If you are a traditionalist and think French summers consist of a game of pétanque accompanied with pastis swilled with ice you are not going to like this - the game of boules has gone upmarket, writes Chris Bockman.

French mayor bans ‘noisy’ pétanque playing during anti-social hours

French mayor bans ‘noisy’ pétanque playing during anti-social hours

Boules match descends into violent brawl

Boules match descends into violent brawl

Ten things you probably didn’t know about Pétanque

Ten things you probably didn’t know about Pétanque

Pétanque world cup marred by death threats

Pétanque world cup marred by death threats

Fox steals 38 boules balls

Fox steals 38 boules balls

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