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Pιtanque 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 ("piglet") or jack. It is also sometimes called a bouchon ("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 pιtanque comes from petanca in the Provenηal dialect of the Occitan language, deriving from the expression pθs tancats, meaning "feet together" or more exactly "feet anchored".

The casual form of the game of pιtanque is played by about 17 million people in France, mostly during their summer vacations.

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Viewed: 2019
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Additional Photos by Jason Cowling (jcpix) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3792] (14030)
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