Last Monday, students learning French with Audrey have played pétanque in Queen’s Square. The sport is especially played in the south of France, often while drinking a nice Pastis (an alcohol with aniseed) although I am told drinking alcohol while playing is against the rules!
Bill, one of the students, is a seasoned player and knows all the rules and tricks. He also showed us the equipment to measure the distance between the cochonet (little wooden ball you need to get your metal boules as close as possible to) and the boules.
Alliance Française is organising a pétanque event in September – why not join us?
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Here is a famous example of serious pétanque playing in a Marcel Pagnol film – the tramway has to stop for it!