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Inflation Threatens a French Institution: Baguettes

By Nick Kostov, Sam Schechner

05 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

As inflation continues to hit all industries, France’s officials are fighting to help bakeries pay their energy bills so they can keep baking baguettes.

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PARIS—France is racing to save its emblematic baguettes from the ravages of inflation.

French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Thursday before a group of bakers and pastry chefs gathered at the Élysée Palace that the French government would deliver additional aid as they confront rising costs for ingredients and energy that have led some bakers to say they can’t afford to run their ovens.

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