The French baguette should be awarded Unesco cultural heritage status to protect it from stale imitations, says French president Emmanuel Macron. 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.
UNESCO's two intangible world heritage lists, which are different from the agency's well-known list of world heritage sites, were established 10 years ago with the aim of preserving cultural traditions, skills and languages.
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.
Speaking on French radio, President Macron said that "excellence and expertise must be preserved, and that is why 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.
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"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".
But it could be some time before the humble baguette joins the heritage list, which already includes France's traditional "gastronomic meal", in which ritual is deemed as important as the food itself. The organization focuses on cultural elements, such as cuisine, dance, music and crafts.
Already on the list are yoga, spanish flamenco and Tibetan Opera as well as Belgian beer culture.
France has already had a number of successful applications for the UNESCO heritage list, including Alecon lace-making and French-style equitation.
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