PARIS — French elegance it isn’t, but this summer French boules are cool.
More specifically petanque, a particularly un-athletic form of bowling usually associated with pastis-sozzled, flat-capped old men of Provence, is now the height of hipster fashion.
From the cool canal quays of Paris to the heart of celebrity-strewn Saint-Tropez, bright young things are whiling away long summer evenings lobbing large metal balls at a small wooden one.
Men have been testing their dexterity and skill with similar games for as long as time itself: the International Petanque Federation’s website suggests that Adam and Eve could have played a version with apples.
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