This French Baguette Is a Political Statement

A group of farmers, millers, and bakers believes this 100 percent local product will mobilize voters

All photos by Sono Motoyama
One of the original buildings and a delivery truck at the Moulins Fouché, in La Ferté-Alais, France.

Though the French are still serious bread eaters, their consumption has dropped to a third of what it was in 1950.

Philippe Thilloux holding an Essonnienne at his bakery in Morigny-Champigny, France.

What could substantially impact the future of L’Essonnienne is a food law passed last October that will require that public catering contracts be fulfilled with 50 percent local products by 2022.

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