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Macron lauds ‘inimitable’ French baguette, slams foreign replicas

France’s President Emmanuel Macron praised the “inimitable” French baguette during a speech at the French embassy in Washington DC.

The French baguette was added Wednesday to the United Nations’ Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

“In these few centimeters passed from hand to hand lies the spirit of French know-how,” Macron said, as he looked lovingly at the crusty piece of French baking in his left hand. The remarks sparked laughter in the audience.

“Many have tried to make it; they just made something industrial which has no taste,” he added with a grin.

“And this ‘French touch’ we have in our baguette is the one we have in other sectors: It’s this additional know-how, this extra soul. So, congratulations to our baguette for today,” Macron concluded.

Following a meeting of the UNESCO committee in Rabat, Morocco on Wednesday, the French baguette was added to the U.N. agency’s Cultural Heritage List, which includes around 600 traditions from more than 130 countries.

The news quickly made headlines around the world and was celebrated by several French politicians.

France’s Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malam tweeted “morning, noon and evening, the baguette is part of the daily life of the French,” and said the award was “a great recognition for our artisans and the unifying places that are our bakeries.”



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