France demands United Nations protection for baguette

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives for an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels on Thursday Dec. 14 2017

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.

"This territorial network is unique throughout the world, we must not lose it", said Mr Anract.

Macron made the call after similar rallies by bakers from across France.

Now, with Mr Macron's declared support, the bid for UNESCO status is likely to begin in earnest.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday joined calls by bakers for France's traditional baguette to be recognized as one of the world's cultural treasures on UNESCO's list of "intangible heritage".

It took nearly a decade for Naples's pizzas to be recognised. President of the National Confederation of Bakers and Patisserie Chefs (CNBPF), Dominique Anract, said growing competition from supermarkets means professionals in his industry should react and "fight to protect the quality" of baguettes.

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In his interview with Europe 1, Macron linked this proposal to the successful UNESCO bid by Neapolitan pizza makers a year ago.

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

Although the traditional baguette has already been protected in France by law since 1993 by being on Unesco's list it will be protectected from globalisation.

UNESCO, the United Nations cultural organization, has designated certain cultural foods or cuisines to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

"I know our bakrs, 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!"

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

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