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Google Doodle celebrates world famous French baguette

FRANCE24 | Screengrab of Google homepage on September 13, 2015
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Internet behemoth Google paid homage to a law designed to safeguard the quality of the famed French baguette exactly 22 years ago with a charming Doodle on the French version of its search engine on Sunday.


The Google Doodle – a special, temporary alteration to the Google logo – on Sunday featured a large-nosed French chef putting a classic baguette into a coal-fired oven.

The image celebrates a “bread decree” introduced on September 13, 1993 by France with the goal of preserving the quality of France’s renowned bread. The law stated that for bread to be considered a baguette, it had to be produced on the premises of where it was sold, should only contain four ingredients – wheat flour, salt, yeast and water – and that it couldn’t be frozen at any time. Voilà!

“There's nothing quite like freshly baked bread. Its magic transcends the sum of its parts: the crunch of the crust, the spring of the crumb; the way its scent suffuses the air with warmth,” wrote Google Doodle engineer Jonathan Shneier.

The Doodle was made by artist Matt Cruickshank, and the Google Doodle team posted photographs of their own enthusiastic attempts at baking a baguette.

“The perfect baguette -- if it exists -- is elusive, and the French bakers capable of producing anything close are true artisans,” noted Shneier.

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