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

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

A cornerstone of French cuisine and a big part of everyday life, France consumes six billion baguettes each year and now President Emmanuel Macron has announced he feels that the baguette should be placed on UNESCO's list.

The French president said that the popular bread was one that should be recognised by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and CulturalOrganisation).

The French bakers may have been inspired by Naples, Italy, which past year convinced the UN's cultural body to offer pizza a protected status.

Macron voiced his support for the baguette's UNESCO bid while meeting representatives of the national confederation of baking and pastry at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris.

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.

Dominique Anract, president of the National Condederation of French Patisseries and Bakeries, told food website Atabula: 'When I see the quality of bread in supermarkets, it is impossible not to get angry.


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

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

The traditional baguette is already protected in France by a 1993 law.

Unesco's Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage is different from its register of places, known as World Heritage Sites. The traditional Japanese cuisine "washoku", Belgian beer culture and the Korean way of making kimchi are just a few of the many foods and practices on the list.

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

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