Macron wants French baguettes UNESCO listed

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron has called for UNESCO to give the country's most famous baked good "cultural treasure" status.

Dominique Anract, the head of the national confederation of baking and pastry, earlier said the "marvellous" baguette, made of flour, water, salt and yeast, should "have its rightful place" in world heritage.

"The baguette is part of daily life in France and the bread has a special history". "This excellence and this savoir faire must be preserved".

In a statement on his organization's website, Anract said that the increased competition faced by traditional bakeries, or boulangeries, endangers the preservation of the bakers' know-how and skills.

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

Earlier Friday, Dominique Anract, president of the National Confederation of French Bakers, had asked Macron to support the group's bid to the United Nations agency "to protect the quality of traditional baguette" against "the increasing weight of big supermarkets and convenience stores in the retail of bread".

"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".

UNESCO's list of national cultural treasures was established in 2008 and aims to save time-old traditions from globalisation.

The bakers are calling for the baguette's name, shape, recipe and ingredients to be safeguarded. It can not be frozen or contain preservatives.

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

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