Baguette eating shall rise again, bakers say
Recent research shows the French have turned steadily away from bread over the last 100 years, and now eat far less of the former staple than most other Europeans.
French daily consumption is 150 grams (5.3 ounces) per person -- just a quarter of what it was before 1914 -- way below Germany, where people eat some 230 grams a day. Even the Danes, Italians and the Dutch eat more, French bakery officials said.
The bakery industry blames a rise in living standards. "Richer nations eat richer food," Gerard Brochoire, director of the national bakery institute, told an industry seminar on Thursday -- but the ovens are not begin turned off just yet.
Consumption has stabilised in the past year, notably due to new standards for "baguettes de tradition" -- loaves using only high-grade flour and baked without additives. "The French baguette is a legend and the legend is not dead," prize-winning baker Chistian Vabret said