Macron urges UNESCO to protect French baguette as cultural heritage


Other recent additions to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity include the Basel Carnival, Cuban Punto music and the Iranian horse riding game called Chogran.

Calls for the famous breadstick to be awarded the treasured status come after an Italian pizza making style from Naples was awarded protected status last year.

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

The French baguette should be listed as a Unesco cultural treasure, says France's President Emmanuel Macron. According to the decree, the genuine baguette must be made out of four ingredients: flour, water, salt and yeast - and contain no additives.

Artisan bread makers in France have often raised concerns about the rise of mass-produced imitations of their 'national treasure' tarnishing their traditions.

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 baguette is part of the daily life of the French, in the morning, at midday and in the evening", he said.

"The bread is frozen, some of it comes from Romania or who-knows-where".

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

President Macron once said that he never published the three books he wrote as a young man because he was unsatisfied with them.

So far, yoga, Spanish flamenco, Tibetan Opera and Belgian beer culture have made it onto the list.

Unesco's Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage is different from its register of places, known as World Heritage Sites.

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In an interview Friday with Europe 1 radio, Macron said that "the baguette is envied in the whole world".

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".