From baguettes to bistros: the battle to protect France’s cultural heritage
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What do the baguette, Paris bistros and “bouquinistes”, open air booksellers along the river Seine, have in common? Other than starting with the letter ‘b’, groups are lobbying for each of them to be granted the “intangible cultural heritage” label from the United Nations cultural organization UNESCO. But what’s the purpose of the title? And can it really protect France’s cultural heritage?