At Château Clarettes we have a newly built boule court The French name pétanque comes from petanca in the Provençal dialect of the Occitan language, deriving from the expression pès tancats [ˈpɛs taŋˈkats], meaning 'feet fixed'.
The current form of the game originated in 1907 or 1910 in La Ciotat in Provence, France.
A game consists of several mènes. The French word mène is usually translated into English as "end" or "round".
A game begins with a coin toss to determine which team plays first.
The team that wins the toss begins the game by placing the circle and throwing the jack.
After both teams have thrown all of their boules, the team with the boule closest to the jack wins the end. The winning team scores one point for each of its boules that is closer than the opposing team's closest boule. That means that the winning team could in theory score as many as six points in an end, although a score of one or two points is more typical.
As the game progresses, each team accumulates points until one of the teams reaches 13, the winning number of Points