Baguettes should be UNESCO-listed treasures - Macron


The French President wants his country's iconic delicacy added to a United Nations list of "intangible heritage".

The French baguette should be listed as a Unesco cultural treasure, says France's President Emmanuel Macron.

"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!".

The bakers have been inspired by the success of Italy's Naples pizza, which was protected by the UN's cultural body a year ago.

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.

"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.

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

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Artisan breadmakers have voiced concern about mass-produced imitations.

"When I see the the growing dominance of French supermarkets and convenience stores in the sale of bread, I say to myself that we must act", he told the food news website Atablula.

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.

Unesco's Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage is different from its register of places, which is known as World Heritage Sites, and lists the Forth Bridge as one.

French baguettes could soon join Chinese calligraphy, Neopolitan pizza and Belgian beer on a global list of officially recognised cultural treasures.

France already has some culinary recognition by Unesco, with "the gastronomic meal of the French" having received World Heritage status in 2010, and defined as "a customary social practice created to celebrate the most important moments in life".

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.