Pétanque in the News and Media
INTERNATIONALLY PETANQUE IS PLAYED by hundreds of thousands, if not millions of players. From its origins in La Ciotât in southern France, pétanque has been carried across Europe and throughout the world. Here in the United States, the game is relatively young and still growing, its profile in the press is most richly developed at the local level where it often figures in regional tv, radio, and newspaper pieces.
The appearance of pétanque in print runs the gamut from the late Charles Schulz's Peanuts to scholarly articles in the Journal of New York Folklore. Hans Silvester and Yvan Aduouard have waxed lyrical, and Peter Mayle comical on the topic. Also here are links to the FPUSA's own publications.
Boules parties and competitions were among the earliest subjects of the Lumière brothers, La Ciotât having the double distinction of being the birthplace of film as well as pétanque.
In our online FPUSA photo pages members have shared their experiences from Tuesday afternoon at the local club, to award ceremonies and potlucks. You'll find the link to our Smugmug gallery pages on the photo page, along with directions for getting your own club page.
The growth of pétanque in the US has paralleled the growth of the internet and there is no shortage of information to be found online. We have created links to some of our favorite spots on the web ranging from the best places to find equipment to our very own Facebook page. The links for these and other articles, videos, photo galleries, and links may be found via the pages below, along with a submission form.
We invite, no, we encourage you to send us articles, book titles, photos, videos, film clips, or memorabilia, that you think your fellow boules players would be interested in. We'd love to add them as content or links to the website. Use the submission form below. You will receive a message on this page confirming your submission after it is successfully sent. A member of the website team will be back in touch with you shortly.