French Baguettes From a Vending Machine? ‘What a Tragedy.’

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France is losing her bakeries. In a country where it is said 'Without bread, there is no more life' and the average distance to the nearest bakery is a five minute walk, small town bakeries are shutting their doors. Why? They are unable to motivate the next generation to take on the trade.

Young people are no longer drawn to the long hours of the traditional bakers who live above their store. Shopping malls have taken root on the periphery of rural areas, drawing in people who are content to buy at supermarkets or chains. Customers, especially the young, are not eating as much bread.

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