France wants UNESCO listing for baguette

The baguette is France's most popular bread and has a history dating from the 17th century.
The baguette is France's most popular bread and has a history dating from the 17th century.

France wants the humble baguette to be recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.

Skills and culture surrounding the long slender loaf have been selected as a French candidate for inclusion in the representative list for the period 2021-22, the culture ministry announced on Friday.

According to UNESCO regulations, states can make a maximum of one nomination a year. A decision on inclusion in the list is expected in autumn of 2022.

The ministry pointed out that the history of the baguette goes back to the 17th century. It is the most popular bread across France.

Inclusion on the list would allow people to become aware of the traditions and history surrounding the bread, which is part of many people's everyday lives, France's Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin said.

Australian Associated Press