French president Emmanuel Macron has said baguettes should be recognised as a cultural treasure and placed on Unesco's Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Dominique Anract, the head of the national confederation of baking and pastry, earlier said the "marvellous" baguette, made of flour, water, salt and yeast, should "have its rightful place" in world heritage.
The President has come out in support of the campaign to have the "french stick" protected by the UN's cultural body. "We must preserve its excellence and our expertise, and it is for this reason that it should be heritage-listed", he told the group of master bakers during the meeting.
Concerns had previously been raised about mass-produced imitations of the national treasure.
In a statement on his organization's website, Anract said that the increased competition faced by traditional bakeries, or boulangeries, endangers the preservation of the bakers' know-how and skills.
"The bread is frozen, some of it comes from Romania or who knows where, nothing is carried out in accordance of the rules of the art".
UNESCO, the United Nations cultural organization, has designated certain cultural foods or cuisines to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The Parisian baker used the ceremonial presentation of the "galette des rois" to the French president to make his recommendation to Macron. The traditional Japanese cuisine "washoku", Belgian beer culture and the Korean way of making kimchi are just a few of the many foods and practices on the list.
The Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage meets annually to evaluate nominations and petitions sent in from across the globe.
France has already had a number of successful applications for the UNESCO heritage list, including Alecon lace-making and French-style equitation.
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