Baguettes should be UNESCO-listed treasures - Macron

Envy of the world’ Macron urges UNESCO to protect French baguette as cultural heritage

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

"I know our bakers, they saw the Neapolitans succeed in getting their pizza classified under UNESCO world heritage, and they said why not the baguette - and they're right!"

Bakers in the country were inspired by the sucess of Italy's Naples pizza being added to the list of Unesco's cultural treasures.

The bakers behind the application have said it's not just the recipe, which consists of wheat flour, water, yeast and salt, that needs conserving but the name and shape too.

The French president said that the popular bread was one that should be recognised by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and CulturalOrganisation).

Other recent additions to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity include the Basel Carnival, Cuban Punto music and the Iranian horse riding game called Chogran.

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Artisan bread makers in France have often raised concerns about the rise of mass-produced imitations of their "national treasure" tarnishing their traditions. It can not be frozen or contain added preservatives.

UNESCO's Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage is different from its register of places, known as World Heritage Sites.

Already on the list are yoga, spanish flamenco and Tibetan Opera as well as Belgian beer culture.

France has already racked up multiple successful applications, from Alençon lace-making to French-style equitation. Macron described it as 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.

In stark contrast, the United Kingdom is one of few countries that has never signed up the system, and has no entries in the list as part of efforts to preserve its heritage.

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