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Emmanuel Macron calls for UNESCO status for French baguette

French football fans hold up baguettes before a football game with Spain French baguette wants a piece to heritage pie after pizza wins global honour
Eleena Tovar | 14 Enero, 2018, 18:06

"We must preserve its excellence and our expertise, and it is for this reason that it should be heritage-listed", the French leader told Europe Radio 1 following a meeting with French master bakers in Paris on Friday.

"We need to preserve its excellence and know-how".

It comes after the UN body recently confirmed that the art of pizza making from the Italian city of Naples was to be added to the world's leading cultural list.

The legislation says it cannot be frozen or contain added preservatives.

The 40-year-old was speaking in support of a bid by the president of the National Confederation of French Bakers, Dominque Anract, who said the "marvellous" baguette must be protected against "the increasing weight of big supermarkets and convenience stores in the retail of bread". The traditional Japanese cuisine "washoku, "Belgian beer culture and the Korean way of making kimchi are just a few of the many foods and practices on the list".

"When I see the growing dominance of French supermarkets and convenience stores in the sale of bread, I say to myself that we must act", Antract told the website Atabula, adding that he could not help feeling "indignant" about the quality of what is sold as baguettes in the malls and corner shops.

French President Emmanuel Macron backed a campaign to get the baguette recognized by the United Nations on a list of the "intangible cultural heritage of humanity".

"The baguette is envied around the world".

"It's not a matter of beliefs - everyone has it".

"The gastronomic meal should respect a fixed structure, commencing with an ap-ritif (drinks before the meal) and ending with liqueurs, containing in between at least four successive courses, namely a starter, fish and/or meat with vegetables, cheese and dessert", the entry said.

Not content with honouring sites like the Great Barrier Reef and Victoria Falls, the UN's cultural organisation also offers protection to "traditions or living expressions" based on their cultural impact and importance.