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Macron wants French baguette to get UNESCO heritage status

Paris (APP):President Emmanuel Macron on Friday joined calls by bakers for France’s traditional baguette to be recognised as one of the world’s cultural treasures on UNESCO’s list of “intangible heritage“.
The call came after the art of Naples’ dough-twirling pizza makers was given the nod by the UN cultural body’s World Heritage Committee in December.
“The baguette is envied around the world. We must preserve its excellence and our expertise, and it is for this reason that it should be heritage-listed,” Macron told a group of master bakers at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris.
Dominique Anract, the head of the national confederation of baking and pastry, earlier said the “marvellous” baguette, made of flour, water, salt and yeast, should “have its rightful place” in world heritage.
Along with the Eiffel tower, the baguette is one of the main symbols of France, Anract told a local radio station.
“The baguette is part of daily life in France and the bread has a special history,” Macron said.
“It’s a morning, midday and evening tradition for the French.

Merkel risks leading weak ‘losers’ coalition for Germany

Berlin (APP):Germany’s veteran chancellor Angela Merkel, often called the world’s most powerful woman, will embark on a fourth term with diminished influence and little vision for shaping Europe’s future, analysts say.
After wrapping up more than 24 hours of talks Friday between her conservatives and the Social Democrats on forming a new “grand coalition” government, Merkel insisted the preliminary deal would break the deadlock in Germany and pave the way to a “fresh start” for Europe.
But before the ink was even dry on the roadmap for her new administration, observers branded Merkel and the team she’s likely to lead a “losers’” coalition with little ambition or power to tackle the major challenges facing the country and the continent.