Macron wants French baguettes UNESCO listed

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French President Emmanuel Macron has called for the baguette to be added to a list of world treasures accredited by UNESCO.

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The bakers have been inspired by the success of Italy's Naples pizza, which was protected by the UN's cultural body a year ago. France's national baker's association has already submitted an application to the Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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"The baguette is the envy of the whole world", he told Europe 1 radio after meeting Friday with bakers at the Elysée presidential palace in Paris.

Artisan breadmakers have voiced concern about mass-produced imitations.

"When I see the quality of bread in supermarkets, it is impossible not to get angry", Dominique Anract, president of the National Confederation of French Patisseries and Bakeries (CNPBF), told food website Atabula. "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". If accepted, the baguette would be in good company on Unesco's lists, which include cultural traditions such as: Summer solstice fire festivals in the Pyrenees, the Tango, Arabic coffee as a symbol of generosity and beer culture in Belgium.

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What is already on the list?


Unesco also have a list of protected locations known as World Heritage Sites but the cultural list featuring traditons, crafts, music, dance and food.

France have already had some successful applications including Alecon lace-making to French-style equitation.

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