Fresh bread from the local boulangerie is one of the things we love about Paris… especially the Baguette. President Emmanuel Macron agrees. He declared last year that Unesco should include “la baguette au patrimoine mondial de l’humanité.”
The prize this year for the best traditional style Baguette in Paris was recently awarded to Fabrice Leroy, artisan-baker of the Leroy-Monti Boulangerie, located at 203, ave. Daumesnil in the 12th arrondissement.
A French icon the standard baguette has a diameter of about 5 or 6 centimetres (2 or 2⅓ in) and a usual length of about 65 centimetres (26 in), although a baguette can be up to a meter (39 in) long. Rules for the contest stipulate that a baguette weigh 250-300 grams and not contain more than 18 grams of salt per 1 kilo of flour. In addition to earning 4000 Euros prize money Fabrice Leroy, who just opened his bakery two years ago, won the chance to provide bread for a year to the Elysée Palace, the official residence of the French president.