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French baguettes get UNESCO heritage status

This file photograph taken on May 15, 2019, shows baguettes displayed during the 6th edition of the National Competition for the Best Baguette of French Tradition in Paris (AFP)
This file photograph taken on May 15, 2019, shows baguettes displayed during the 6th edition of the National Competition for the Best Baguette of French Tradition in Paris (AFP)

The French baguette — “250 grams of magic and perfection,” in the words of President Emmanuel Macron, and one of the abiding symbols of the nation — has been given UNESCO heritage status.

The bread sticks, with their crusty exterior and soft middle, have remained a quintessential part of French life long after other stereotypes like berets and strings of garlic have fallen by the wayside.

The UN agency grants “intangible cultural heritage status” to the tradition of making the baguette and the lifestyle that surrounds them.

More than six billion are baked every year in France, according to the National Federation of French Bakeries.

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