A symbol throughout the world of French gastronomy, the French baguette has entered the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

French Baguette

An emblem of the national cultural heritage

It is an “emblem of the national cultural heritage” which has just been consecrated. By registering on November 30 « the craftsmanship and the culture of the baguette » on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Unesco recognizes the know-how of our artisan bakers and promotes the whole of a sector (millers, grain growers, employees and apprentices). This registration was welcomed by Rima Abdul Malak, Minister of Culture, and Olivia Grégoire, Minister Delegate in charge of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Trade, Crafts and Tourism. The Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak, welcomes Unesco’s decision which « consecrates the heritage dimension of the craftsmanship of the baguette and recognizes that going to get your bread is also a cultural act, a moment of sharing and of social connection.

A symbol of French gastronomy

The baguette is recognized worldwide as a symbol of French gastronomy. In its different forms, traditional or reinvented by our craftsmen, the baguette has been the rhythm of French daily life – morning, noon and evening – for several centuries and has been exported to many countries. » The baguette is the most popular type of bread across the country. Its origin dates back to the long loaves of the 17th century, but its consumption became widespread during the 20th century. The planned safeguard measures include the implementation of actions to raise awareness of the importance of food practices that are part of everyday life and shared by as many people as possible. These measures will be fully supported by the Minister of Culture and the Minister Delegate in charge of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Trade, in conjunction with the Minister of Agriculture and Food.

Read the history of the French Baguette in this article

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