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Jeu Provençal

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Jeu Provençal being played in Lyon

Jeu Provençal ("The Provençal Game"; also known as boule lyonnaise) is a popular French form of boules.

In Italy, the sport bocce volo, which is played with bronze balls, follows a similar set of rules.[1]


The current version of the game developed during the 18th century around the area of Lyon.

  • The Fédération Lyonnaise et Régionale was formed in 1906.
  • About the same time, in 1907, the sport of pétanque split off to become its own sport.
  • It led to the formation of La Fédération Nationale des Boules in 1933.
  • That became the Fédération Française de Boules in 1942.


The rules are similar to the game of pétanque except that:

  • A pétanque terrain is about half the size of a jeu Provençal terrain.
  • In pétanque, the feet are fixed in one spot while throwing, while in jeu Provençal the normal practice is to take a short run-up to the throw.

These differences reflect the reason pétanque was invented – to create a sport that was accessible to a disabled player in a wheelchair.

In addition:

  • In pétanque, each player has three boules when playing as singles; in jeu Provençal (as in bocce) each player has four.

The grounds and equipment

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The boules

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