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Macron backs the baguette for World Heritage Status

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

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

Why do the French think this is necessary?

"We must preserve its excellence and know-how, and it must therefore be included as part of our heritage".

Artisan breadmakers have voiced concern about mass-produced imitations.

"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 said.

However the UK is one of few countries that has not signed up the system to protect it's heritage and has no entries on the list.

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.

While the traditional baguette was granted protected status in France in 1993, an addition to the UNESCO list would grant it protection from globalisation.

So far, yoga, Spanish flamenco, Tibetan Opera and Belgian beer culture have made it onto the list.

French food is already on UNESCO's list.

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. The organization focuses on cultural elements, such as cuisine, dance, music and crafts.

France has already racked up multiple successful applications, from Alençon 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.

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

France's national baker's association has submitted an application to the Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.