Boule De Fort

Boule de fort is a traditional game rather like boules, played in the Angers region. It is played in a building with many windows, to bring plenty of light, on a patch of beaten earth about 30 by 6 metres. The boules are slightly squashed sphere shapes, about 15cm in diameter, and weighing about 1.5kg each, made of an extremely hard wood with iron bands set in it. On one side is set a lead weight (the “fort”), which affects the centre of gravity of the boule and makes it more difficult to control. The aim of the game, as with normal boules, is to get as close as possible to the jack - the “cochonnet”, (“piglet” in French).

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