The French baguette should be listed as a Unesco cultural treasure.
French President Emmanuel Macron has said that “the baguette is the envy of the whole world.”
He is supporting the a group of French bakers that are appealing to the SICH (Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage) for such a move.
The SICH meets annually to evaluate nominations from around the world.
Last year Italy’s Naples pizza, was protected by the United Nation’s cultural body last year.
The bakers say it is not just the name and shape, but the recipe and ingredients that need to be enshrined. French breadmakers have voiced concern about mass-produced imitations that are coming into the country.
What’s already made the list?
UNESCO’s Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage is different from its register of places, known as World Heritage Sites.
Instead, this list focuses on traditions – mostly crafts, music, dance and cuisine. Yoga, Spanish flamenco and Tibetan Opera have already made the grade, as have Belgian beer culture and the gingerbread craft of northern Croatia.
New Zealand has decided not to take part in the list.