Baguette a load of this: Macron wants United Nations recognition for French bread

British Prime Minister Theresa May with French President Emmanuel Macron at an EU summit last year                  REUTERS  Yves Herman

French President Emmanuel Macron said he wants the traditional baguette - that delicious doughy delicacy - to be protected as a world treasure by UNESCO. They may have been inspired Naples, Italy, convincing the UN's cultural body to offer pizza a protected status.

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

Speaking on French radio, President Macron said that "excellence and expertise must be preserved, and that is why it should be heritage-listed".

Unesco's list aims to save traditions from globalisation.

The list, which is reviewed annually includes items "that testify to the diversity of the intangible heritage and raise awareness of its importance".

The French President said that the baguette is part of "the daily life of the French, in the morning, at midday and in the evening".

The bakers say it is not just the name and shape, but the recipe and ingredients that need to be enshrined.

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Artisan breadmakers have voiced concern about mass-produced imitations.

Dominique Anract, the head of the national confederation of baking and pastry in France said that the baguette, which is made with flour, water, salt and yeast, should be given it's "rightful place" in world heritage.

'The bread is frozen, some of it comes from Romania or who knows where, nothing is carried out in accordance of the rules of the art'.

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France's Emmanuel Macron has joined the nation's bakers in calling for the baguette to be included on UNESCO's "intangible heritage" list.

France has already had a number of successful applications for the UNESCO heritage list, including Alecon lace-making and French-style equitation.

However the United Kingdom is one of few countries that has not signed up the system to protect it's heritage and has no entries on the list.

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