Baguette a load of this: Macron wants UN recognition for French bread

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 14, 2018

"When I see the the growing dominance of French supermarkets and convenience stores in the sale of bread, I say to myself that we must act", he told the food news website Atablula.

"We need to preserve its excellence and know-how".

The list, which is reviewed annually includes items "that testify to the diversity of the intangible heritage and raise awareness of its importance".

"I know our bakers, they saw that the Neapolitans managed to have pizza (classified) as (part of) world heritage, so they said, 'Why not the baguette?' And they're right", he said.

The French leader has seen an opportunity to have perhaps his country's most famous export added to list after Naples' world-renowned brand of pizza was recognised in December.

"The baguette is part of daily life in France and the bread has a special history".

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UNESCO, the UN cultural organization, has designated certain cultural foods or cuisines to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

Dominique Anract, the head of the national confederation of baking and pastry in France said that the baguette, which is made with flour, water, salt and yeast, should be given it's "rightful place" in world heritage.

"It's not a matter of beliefs - everyone has it". It's a morning, midday and evening tradition for the French.

French President Emmanuel Macron backed a campaign to get the baguette recognized by the United Nations on a list of the "intangible cultural heritage of humanity".

If the French government's quest proves successful, then baguette-making is poised to join the list of some 470 activities protected by the UNESCO, among them Kyrgyzstan's game of dead goat polo, Dutch windmills, Belgium's beer culture and Germany's organ craftsmanship.

"The gastronomic meal should respect a fixed structure, commencing with an ap-ritif (drinks before the meal) and ending with liqueurs, containing in between at least four successive courses, namely a starter, fish and/or meat with vegetables, cheese and dessert", the entry said.

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