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Macron wants French baguette to get UNESCO heritage status

Macron wants French baguette to get UNESCO heritage status

The iconic French bread should be recognized by UNESCO as one of the world's cultural treasures and listed as "intangible heritage", France's President Emmanuel Macron said Friday.

The country's president has expressed his support for the campaign calling the French baguette the "envy of the whole world".

Calls for the famous breadstick to be awarded the treasured status come after an Italian pizza making style from Naples was awarded protected status past year. There is a "know-how", a "knack" to making a good French stick which makes the foodstuff a good contender for a protected status, he said yesterday at the Elysee Palace.

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

The twirling of pizza dough made the UNESCO list in December, after 2 million people around the world signed the petition for its inclusion. "We must preserve its excellence and our expertise, and it is for this reason that it should be heritage-listed", he told the group of master bakers during the meeting.

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Artisan breadmakers have voiced concern about mass-produced imitations. President of the National Confederation of Bakers and Patisserie Chefs (CNBPF), Dominique Anract, said growing competition from supermarkets means professionals in his industry should react and "fight to protect the quality" of baguettes.

'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'.

While the traditional baguette was granted protected status in France in 1993, an addition to the UNESCO list would grant it protection from globalisation. Yoga, Spanish flamenco and Tibetan Opera have already made the grade, as have Belgian beer culture and the gingerbread craft of northern Croatia.

France already has multiple listings, including Alencon lace-making, French-style equitation and the "French gastronomic meal".

However the United Kingdom is one of few countries that has not signed up the system to protect it's heritage and has no entries on the list.


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