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Macron: French baguettes should be Unesco-listed treasures

Macron: French baguettes should be Unesco-listed treasures

In 2010, the organization inscribed the "gastronomic meal of the French" to its list of intangible cultural heritage practices.

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.

If the French government's quest proves successful, then baguette-making is poised to join the list of some 470 activities protected by the UNESCO, among them Kyrgyzstan's game of dead goat polo, Dutch windmills, Belgium's beer culture and Germany's organ craftsmanship.

Boulangerie professionals have long advocated for the traditional bread to be recognised by Unesco, and this week Mr Macron joined the chorus of voices calling for it to officially become part of France's heritage.

Dominique Anract, the head of the national confederation of baking and pastry in France said that the baguette, which is made with flour, water, salt and yeast, should be given it's "rightful place" in world heritage.

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

"Excellence and expertise must be preserved, and that is why it should be heritage-listed", President Macron told French radio after receiving a group of master bakers at the Elysée presidential palace in Paris on Friday.

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The baguette is part of the daily life of the French people, in the morning, midday and evening.

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

French food is already on UNESCO's list.

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

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. It is one of few countries in the world that has not signed up to the "safeguarding intangible heritage" convention, which was established in 2003.

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