Pétanque? you say, What the merde is that? Let me expliquer this français pastime. Like most sports, Pétanque involves balls--specifically a small wooden one called a cochonnet (French for "little pig" or in English a "jack") as well as each player having three larger steel balls. All the balls are thrown with one hand onto a smooth playing field such as a dirt path or gravel walkway. See how fancy it is!
The name "Pétanque" refers to the fact that when throwing, both your feet must be planted on the ground ("pieds tanqés" in Provençal), which means one-leg in the air ball tosses aren't allowed. Three things make this sport French: 1) You don't expend any calories while doing it; 2) You can play it with a glass of wine in one hand while throwing the ball with the other; 3) You don't have to carpool anyone anywhere to play it. In fact the best place to play it is at a local park or at home... if you build a special Pétanque court. See how great it is!