Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Macron calls for 'French baguette' to get UNESCO heritage status

Macron calls for 'French baguette' to get UNESCO heritage status

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.

The French baguette, which is "the envy of the whole world" should be listed as an Unesco cultural treasure, says President Emmanuel Macron.

During an interview with Europe 1 radio, President Macron said the French baguette has been "a part of humanity since its beginning" and was "envied around the world".

France's President Emmanuel Macron wants the French baguette to be recognised as a cultural treasure.

The bakers launched the idea after UNESCO assigned the "intangible heritage" status to the special method of dough twirling practiced by pizza makers in Naples.

The list, which is reviewed annually includes items "that testify to the diversity of the intangible heritage and raise awareness of its importance".

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". To meet the criteria, the bread must only be made from four ingredients: wheat flour, water, yeast and salt.

The legislation says it can not be frozen or contain added 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. Macron said. The French leader noted that eating the world-famous bread remains "a morning, midday and evening tradition for the French". 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.

However the United Kingdom is one of few countries that has not signed up the system to protect it's heritage and has no entries on the list. 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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