Boule de Fort In the Baugeois area, we have a very special game: la boule de fort This game would come from Anjou region. It was said to have been invented by bargemen who amused themselves playing it in the hold. Others think that it would come from England. Bowl societies are a blend of sport clubs, English clubs and French cafes. The game needs to get your bowl nearest the jack but the pitch has concave sides. The skillful players used the curved paths in order to avoid the bowls which have been already played.