French baguette included in UN´s cultural heritage list

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United Nations includes the traditional French bread in a list of intangible cultural heritage to be preserved by humanity while the French government plans to create an artisanal baguette day 

The French baguette has been included by the United Nations in its list of intangible cultural heritage that needs to be cherished and preserved by humanity. According to a report by Associated Press on Wednesday, November 30, this decision was taken by UNESCO experts in Morocco this week 

The experts decided that the baguette deserved to be recognized by the United Nations after warning from the French cultural ministry regarding a constant decline of the number of traditional bakeries in the country. The report stated, over 400 bakeries have been closing each year for the past five decades.  

“It is important that these craft knowledge and social practices can continue to exist in the future”, said, U.N. cultural agency’s chief, Audrey Azoulay, according to the report. She further added, “the decision honors more than just bread; it recognizes the savoir-faire of artisanal bakers and a daily ritual”. 

Meanwhile, after the new UN status of the baguette, the French government has also announced that they will create an artisanal baguette day in the country. They have decided to call it the “Open Bakehouse Day” and the government plans to use this day to connect the French with their heritage, the report said.

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