Macron demands UN protection … for Baguettes

The French baguette should be listed as a Unesco cultural treasure, says France’s President Emmanuel Macron.

“The baguette is the envy of the whole world,” he said, in support of a national bakers’ association that is promoting the application.

The bakers have been inspired by the success of Italy’s Naples pizza, which was protected by the UN’s cultural body last year.

Unesco’s list aims to save traditions from globalisation.

The Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage meets annually to evaluate nominations from around the world.

  • Dana Garcia

    What about bacon? Shouldn’t bacon be protected?

    • tom_billesley

      Mine needs protection – from me.

    • Yes. It should be declared a Unesco Heritage Breakfast

      • Watchman

        Made mandatory breakfast in 57 Muslim nations.

      • Dana Garcia

        Yes indeed! Bacon will need all the protection it can get in the future Europastan.

  • canminuteman

    French food is highly overrated. That being said, a baguette with some French butter and Roquefort cheese is like heaven on earth, and no matter how hard they try there is not a bakery in Canada that can replicate a Parisienne baguette. I suspect it is a different in the flour. Same with French butter. Without our Stalinist “supply management system” we could probably make good butter, but with it, it will never happen. And because of supply management we can’t even import it.

    I have seen imported butter from New Zealand and asked about it, and was told that because it was specifically “grass fed butter” it got an exemption from our butter import ban, but it was 20 bucks a pound.

    • Oh man.

    • Linda1000

      True, I’m pretty sure it is the flour. My favourite – croissants, with chocolate inside.
      Funny, in the west or at least Calgary, we can’t buy decent Montreal-style fresh bagels. Something to do with the high altitude affecting the boiling/baking process. Can find Montreal-style frozen ones if you hunt around but they are not as good, imo.

      • Tooth&Claw

        Baking at sea level and baking at 3000ft above it, are two different animals.

      • canminuteman

        I spoke with a French baker at a bakery in Toronto about this. He made croissants, and told me that they were as good as they were going to get using Canadian ingredients. In his opinion it was the Canadian butter, which has a higher moister content than French butter, which leads to a different texture. I have family in Paris, so I have had the opportunity to travel there a few times.

    • Watchman

      There’s no way NZ butter should be that expensive unless the cows it originated from are treated like Wagyu beef: massaged, and fed beer. They are not. The price of NZ butter is C$5.01 a pound, shipping it to Canada shouldn’t quadruple the price.

      • canminuteman

        It’s import duty. You know the French cheese that you can buy in Canada for cheaper than Canadian cheese? It has a 300 percent import duty applied to it.

  • ontario john

    So Macaroni’s answer to people complaining about Islam, is let them eat cake. Time for another French revolution.

  • simus1

    Macron and a stale baguette have a lot in common.

  • Editor

    The Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage . . . No kidding?

    Hundreds of people being killed, only a thousand car-b-cues on New Year’s Eve, no-go zones in the center Paris and Macron frets about baguettes.

    How about “Liberté, égalité, fraternité”. Those seem like Cultural Heritage
    The Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage should be concerned about.

    • tom_billesley

      The French do fret about petty things. New words are swiftly appropriated by the English language. Some last and some fall into disuse. The French have to have a committee of professors to approve a new word for the French language e.g. ordinateur for computer, despite the English word having been adopted from the Middle French computeur.

    • Anonymous White Male

      “How about “Liberté, égalité, fraternité”. Those seem like Cultural Heritage
      The Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage should be concerned about.”

      It is because of this phrase being reinterpreted as encompassing the entire world that France is becoming a “shithole”. Plus, equality is not possible. The French revolutionaries sowed the wind when they accepted this as their new religion.

    • Priorities!

  • disqusW6sf

    What about beans & wieners, Saturday’s supper — a heritage moment.

  • deplorabledave

    How about indigenous French people?

  • barryjr

    Unfortunately as Obama said “elections have consequence.” Thinking about it the French elected Macron so now they have to live with this. Who cares if France is rapidly becoming a shithole as long as a fancy loaf of bread is protected.

  • It’s. Bread.

  • chayisun

    I LOVE tarts. When I was in Amsterdam I had six of them. One on Monday, two on Tuesday and, being very adventurous, had three on Wednesday. I rested on Thursday. I was going to start over again on Friday but I was banned from the district because I kept turning off the red lights. Wait a sec……Does this article refer to food? Oh……Well then, While in Amsterdam I had marijuana cookies…..Three on Monday and I forget the rest of the week…..