French baguette added to UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage



Fans of France’s iconic long loaf: rejoice! The baguette has now received special recognition from the United Nations as an integral part of the cultural heritage of mankind.

That is, the culture and craftsmanship of making and consuming baguettes was added by UNESCO, its headquarters in Paris United Nations Office of Culture, on a list that not only offers international recognition, but also the opportunity to apply for funding to preserve this “intangible” heritage for future generations.

The baking news sent France into a frenzy of memes — and members of France’s UNESCO delegation celebrated by hoisting baguettes into the air as the decision was announced in Morocco’s Rabat.

The baguette – which French President Emmanuel Macron once described as “250 grams of magic and perfection” – is an integral part of French culture and culinary delights. habits, with many French people stopping by bakeries daily to get a warm loaf of bread before heading home for dinner.

The French bakery industry has campaigned for years to secure this status on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

French Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak said the decision is a “great recognition for our artisans and these unifying places that are our bakeries”.

Olivia Gregoire, Minister of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Commerce and Tourism, celebrated the decision as a milestone for France and its bakery industry. It honors “French savoir-vivre”, “our traditions of sharing and conviviality and, above all, the know-how of our artisan bakers,” she said. said.

According to the French newspaper Le Monde, French bakeries produce about 6 billion baguettes a year. But across the country, particularly in rural areas, bakeries have been disappearing at a rate of about 400 a year in recent decades, prompting warnings from the industry that more needs to be done to protect the baguette’s know-how. .

“The baguette consists of very few ingredients – flour, water, salt, yeast – and yet each baguette is unique, and the essential ingredient each time is the baker’s skill,” said Dominique Anract, president of the National Confederation of French Bakeries and Patisserie. after the decision.

In August, a baguette in Paris can be as much as 20 minutes away

The French celebrated the decision and their love of French bread.

Claire Dinhut, 26, a French-American food and travel creator, said by email: “The baguette is SO a staple of French identity, so it makes me very happy to discover that it has been added to the World Heritage List.”

“Outside of France I rarely eat baguettes, because eating a baguette without the French ‘ritual’ of walking to your local (and favorite) bakery is just eating bread. Eating a baguette is SO much more than that,” says Dinhut, who lives in London. “Nothing compares to the first rip off of a fresh baguette. It’s perfect on its own, with a greasy slice of salted butter, sweet jam, a big piece of cheese… The list goes on.”

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UNESCO recognizes traditions, crafts and items as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity because of “the wealth of knowledge and skills transmitted through them” from one generation to the next.

In this case, the nomination drafted by France highlighted the fact that baguettes “generate modes of consumption and social practices that differentiate them from other types of bread, such as daily visits to bakeries to purchase the loaves and specific display racks to match their long shape.”

“The baguette is consumed in many contexts, including at family meals, in restaurants and in work and school canteens,” it added.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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