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The French Baguette Is Now Under UNESCO Protection

The U.N.'s cultural body made the announcement on Nov. 30.
The "artisanal know-how and culture of the baguette" has been added to the organization's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Intangible Cultural Heritage is defined as "traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants."
CNN reports that other foods on the list include the way Neapolitan pizza is made, Arabic coffee, kimchi, the "Mediterranean diet" and Belgian beer culture.
Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO's director general, , said the baguette's new protected status makes certain that the "artisanal way of baking" is "passed on to the next generation."
"It's kind of a way of life. There is always a boulangerie nearby, you can go and buy fresh affordable bread and you meet people, meet with bakers, it's a very important element of social cohesion." Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO's director general, via CNN
"This will make people realize that this regular baguette that they know very well, is something precious. It comes from history and it has character and it's important to made the public aware of this, to be proud of it." Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO's director general, via CNN
CNN reports that the best baguettes in France are known as "baguettes de tradition."
According to CNN, they can only be made with "flour, water, salt and yeast or leavening and must be baked on site."