Sacramento's TV station CBS13 came out for a live report on the big six-tournament weekend at Club Francais de Sacramento , May 17/18 last.
CBS13 - Petanque Championship - 4:20min
Tom, eloquent as always, uses the very appropriate badminton/tennis analogy to reply to the eternal bocce vs petanque question.
I usually present it the other way round though: pétanque being to bocce what badminton is to tennis.
Why? You can play petanque almost anywhere, within minutes, and the rules are simple. Like badminton. Whereas tennis (like bocce) requires a prepared court - not a common thing in people's backyards - , and the rules are more intricate.