A symbol throughout the world of French gastronomy, the baguette de pain has been added to Unesco’s list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

It is a national cultural heritage emblem » which has just been consecrated. By inscribing on 30 November “the artisanal know-how and the culture of the baguette of bread” on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Unesco recognizes the know-how of our artisan bakers and values all of a sector (millers, cereals, employees and apprentices). This registration was greeted by Rima Abdul Malak, Minister of Culture, and Olivia Grégoire, Minister Delegate for Small and Medium Enterprises, Trade, Crafts and Tourism.

Recognised know-how

The Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak, welcomes the decision of UNESCO that “ dedicates the heritage dimension of the artisanal know-how of the baguette and recognizes that going for your bread is also a cultural act, a moment of sharing and social bond. The baguette is recognized worldwide as a symbol of French gastronomy. In its various forms, traditional or reinvented by our artisans, the baguette has been the daily rhythm of French people – morning, noon and evening – for centuries and has been exported to many countries. »

Olivia Grégoire, Minister Responsible for Small and Medium Enterprises, Trade, Crafts and Tourism, welcomes this announcement.  « This decision contributes to the spread of French know-how, traditions of sharing and conviviality, and the know-how of our artisan bakers. It is a recognition of the culture of the rod that it is up to us to preserve, to protect, to ensure the transmission of this heritage. »

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Safeguard and Valuation

The baguette is the most popular type of bread across the country. Its origin goes back to the long breads of the seventeenth century, but its consumption became widespread during the twentieth century. The proposed safeguard measures include the implementation of awareness actions on the importance of food practices as part of everyday life and shared by the greatest number.

These measures will be fully supported by the Minister of Culture and the Minister Responsible for Small and Medium Enterprises, Trade, in conjunction with the Minister of Agriculture and Food.