Parisian Bistros Appeal for Unesco World Heritage Status

Parisian bistro owners are looking to have their terraces granted Unesco's intangible cultural heritage status. The initiative is backed “wholeheartedly” by the city of Paris but has drawn criticism from the New York Times.

The American media is quick to cover anything to do with French culture, especially when there is cause for controversy — a privilege reserved exclusively for France. This trend was confirmed once again this week by the New York Times, with French-American journalist Claire Mufson questioning the legitimacy of the application submitted to Unesco by the French capital’s bistros, brasseries, and cafés.

These businessowners are asking for their terraces — described as “living cultural melting pots” — to be listed as part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage. Paris, they say, would not be Paris without such emblematic eateries and the like


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