The famous French game has been played at Place Dauphine, by the River Seine in Paris, since the early 20th Century.
Paris officials have sparked outrage by installing ‘anti-petanque’ measures at a tourist hotspot in a bid to stop players creating dust and making too much noise.
The famous French game has been played at Place Dauphine, by the River Seine, since the early 20th Century.
But the city council has decided to ‘reduce the surface available’ to enthusiasts after receiving a series of complaints about the noise and dust it creates.
Jean-François Legaret, Mayor of the city’s 1st arrondissement, confirmed that the site was due to be covered in new plants and other obstacles.
The Place Dauphine, by Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, currently attracts up to ten separate games at any one time.
Tourists, including many from the UK, mill around watching and taking pictures of the action, just as they have done since the early 20th Century.
‘We’re part of Paris’s history,’ said Alain Groulet, 72, who was playing on the square with a group of friends on Sunday morning [ . . . ]