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Ptanque (French pronunciation: [petk] (listen), locally in Provence [petk], Occitan: petanca [petak] (listen)) is a sport that falls into the category of boules sports, along with raffa, bocce, boule lyonnaise, lawn bowls and crown green bowling. In all of these sports, players or teams play their boules/balls towards a target ball. In ptanque the objective is to score points by having boules closer to the target than the opponent after all boules have been thrown. This is achieved by throwing or rolling boules closer to the small target ball, officially called a jack but known colloquially as a cochonnet, or by hitting the opponents' boules away from the target, while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground. The game is normally and best played on hard dirt or gravel. It can be played in public areas in parks or in dedicated facilities called boulodromes. The current form of the game originated in 1907 or 1910 in La Ciotat, in Provence, France. The French name ptanque (borrowed into English, with or without the acute accent) comes from petanca in the Provenal dialect of the Occitan language, deriving from the expression p tancat [p takat], meaning 'foot fixed' or 'foot planted' (on the ground). = Invention of the game =Boules games have a very long history, dating back through the Middle Ages to ancient Rome, and before that to ancient Greece and Egypt. In France in the second half of the 19th century a form of boules known as jeu provenal (or boule lyonnaise) was extremely popular. In this form of the game players rolled their boules or ran three steps before throwing a boule.
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