France Wants Baguettes to Be Honored With UNESCO World Heritage Status
"The baguette is the envy of the whole world."
You might notice that one of those things is distinctly not like the others: the humble baguette has not been honored with UNESCO World Heritage status.
While a loaf of bread may seem like an unlikely UNESCO honoree, the honor doesn’t necessarily have to be given to a place. In 2017, for example, Naple’s pizza was given the title. Now, French President Emmanuel Macron is calling for the treasured bread of France to get the same treatment.
“The baguette is the envy of the whole world,” Macron said recently when talking about the application presented to the Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, according to Lonely Planet.
France is so serious about their bread that there are laws people must follow in order for a baguette to truly be a baguette. Loaves can only be made from wheat flour, yeast, water and salt — and nothing else. Plus, they must never be frozen.
Frankly, in our opinion, baguettes are too delicious to not be considered for this.
Some other non-location World Heritage treasures includes Chogan, an Iranian horse-riding game (which includes music and storytelling) and Uilleann piping from Ireland, according to The New York Times.