best annual sporting event at which to glug free champagne (2008)

BASTILLE DAY PÉTANQUE TOURNAMENT

A large, local Francophile community guarantees fêtes fantastiques come July 14, the day the French Revolution erupted. But only outside Soho restaurant Provence can you revel in free Veuve Clicquot (and ignore the fact that such luxuries would have gotten you to the guillotine alongside Ms. Marie Antoinette) while an enthusiastic BASTILLE DAY PÉTANQUE TOURNAMENT (a cross between horseshoes and boccie ball) rouses the assembled throng.

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