French baguettes should be Unesco-listed treasures — Macron

The Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage meets annually to assess nominations from around the world.

However, it was the art of Neapolitan pizza-making, or 'Pizzaiuolo, ' earning its spot on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list last year that pushed French bakers to request the same recognition for the French culinary staple.

President Emmanuel Macron has backed calls from bakers to put the traditional French bread - the baguette - on the list of intangible cultural treasures protected by UNESCO, calling the oblong loaf an "envy of the world".

Speaking on French radio, President Macron said that "excellence and expertise must be preserved, and that is why it should be heritage-listed".

The bakers behind the French application say it is not just the recipe which needs conserving, but the name and shape of the popular bread too.

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

"When I see the quality of bread in supermarkets, it is impossible not to get angry", Dominique Anract, president of the National Confederation of French Patisseries and Bakeries (CNPBF),.

To be a true French baguette, the dough must be made from only four ingredients - wheat flour, water, yeast and salt - and must not be frozen or contain any added preservatives.

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

President Macron once said that he never published the three books he wrote as a young man because he was unsatisfied with them. The organization focuses on cultural elements, such as cuisine, dance, music and crafts.

France have already had some successful applications including Alecon lace-making to French-style equitation. 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. "There is no history of religion [associated with it]; everyone has it, and it has been part of our humanity since the beginning".

  • Leon Brazil