Macron backs the baguette for World Heritage Status

French President Emmanuel Macron has stirred up criticism by proposing a law against

However, it was the art of Neapolitan pizza-making, or 'Pizzaiuolo, ' earning its spot on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list a year ago that pushed French bakers to request the same recognition for the French culinary staple.

Macron said the baguette was "part of daily life in France", and that registering it with UNESCO would also include the ingredients and the method of making it, according to the French Europe1 radio station.

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.

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

"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 said.

'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'.


Today, following a petition to support Naples' application which was signed by an estimated 2 million people, UNESCO has named Naples' famous pizza twirling an essential component of the world's "intangible heritage".

The French government's efforts to preserve the nation's culinary attraction can be traced back to 1993, when the notion of what makes a traditional baguette was enshrined in the so-called "bread decree".

President Emmanuel Macron is hoping to lend some serious sway to a campaign by his country's bakers to have the iconic doughy delicacy secure a place on UNESCO's "intangible heritage" list. It can not be frozen or contain added preservatives.

Already on the list are yoga, spanish flamenco and Tibetan Opera as well as Belgian beer culture.

France already has 15 entries, including one for food - "the gastronomic meal of the French", which UNESCO says "draws circles of family and friends closer together and, more generally, strengthens social ties". That submission was centred mostly around the rituals that accompany the cuisine: how wines are paired with dishes, how the table is dressed, and the precise placing of glasses and cutlery.

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