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Macron calls for 'French baguette' to get UNESCO heritage status

Macron calls for 'French baguette' to get UNESCO heritage status Macron calls for 'French baguette' to get UNESCO heritage status
Patty Aguilar | 14 January, 2018, 15:28

President Emmanuel Macron has backed calls from bakers to put the traditional French bread - the baguette - on the list of intangible cultural treasures protected by UNESCO, calling the oblong loaf an "envy of the world".

The bakers behind the application have said it's not just the recipe, which consists of wheat flour, water, yeast and salt, that needs conserving but the name and shape too. We must preserve its excellence and our expertise, and it is for this reason that it should be heritage-listed.

The call came after the art of Naples' dough-twirling pizza makers was given the nod by the United Nations cultural body's World Heritage Committee in December.

"The baguette is part of the daily life of the French, in the morning, at midday and in the evening", he said.

Concerns had previously been raised about mass-produced imitations of the national treasure.

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 idea to officially give the bread World Heritage Status was launched by Dominique Anract, president of national bakery group, la Confédération Nationale de la Boulangerie-Pâtisserie Française.

Macron calls for 'French baguette' to get UNESCO heritage status

'The bread is frozen, some of it comes from Romania or who knows where, nothing is carried out in accordance of the rules of the art'.

Unesco's Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage is different from its register of places, which is known as World Heritage Sites, and lists the Forth Bridge as one.

France already has some culinary recognition by Unesco, with "the gastronomic meal of the French" having received World Heritage status in 2010, and defined as "a customary social practice created to celebrate the most important moments in life".

The Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage meets annually to evaluate nominations from around the world.

There is even a broadly termed listing for the "French gastronomic meal".

The UK does not have any entries on the list.

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