The French baguette, a mixture of wheat flour, water, yeast, salt and a pinch of savoir-faire, could soon be included in UNESCO’s intangible heritage, Reuters reports.
But the baguette competes with two rivals to be France’s candidate: the zinc roofs, which cover most buildings in Paris, and the Biou d’Arbois wine festival in the Jura region.
The French Minister of Culture will make a recommendation to the president in March.
Bakers claim that traditional baguettes are gradually being removed from store shelves, even in France, by pre-packaged bread made on huge production lines.
Therefore, inclusion on the UNESCO list would protect a set of knowledge that has been passed down from one generation to the next and protected the baton from impostors around the world.