Don’t Worry About a Bread Shortage in France

The baguette is an icon in France, with a history that dates back to the reign of Louis XVI. There are baguette rules in place: each baguette must be 1-2 inches thick and 21-22 inches long. The law requires that baguettes have to be made on the premises where they’re sold, and they can only be made with four ingredients: wheat flour, water, salt and yeast. They can’t be frozen at any stage, nor can they contain additives or preservatives. That means that baguettes normally go stale within 24 hours. The French don’t have to worry about running out of bread either. That’s because French bakers are prohibited from taking summer holidays at the same time.