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Pétanque (French pronunciation: [petɑ̃k]; Occitan: Petanca [peˈtaŋkɔ]) is a form of boules where the goal is, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground, to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally "piglet") or jack. It is also sometimes called a bouchon (literally "cork") or le petit ("the small one"). The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel, but can also be played on grass, sand or other surfaces. Similar games are bocce and bowls.

The current form of the game originated in 1907 in La Ciotat, in Provence, in southern France. The English and French name pétanque comes from petanca in the Provenįal dialect of the Occitan language, deriving from the expression pčs tancats [ˈpɛs taŋˈkats], meaning "feet together" or more exactly "feet anchored".

We are now back from a short holiday in France and I took this picture in Cucuron. We went for a walk and an hour later I took another picture here. The same men were still playing!

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