Against all odds, the winner of Paris’ prestigious best baguette award will not be supplying the French president with any bread, has announced the president’s cabinet.
Makram Akrout, Tunisian-born and winner of the award, has been at the centre of a controversy since he won the award last month, after far-right news websites mounted accusations against him for allegedly expressing anti-French sentiment.
Mr Akrout has denied all these allegations.
The winners of the award have in the past provided bread to the French presidency for a year.
But the president’s office known as the Elysée said in a statement: “It was not arranged for. The Elysée has not contacted this person.”
“It is not automatic that the winner of Paris’ best baguette would supply the Elysée with bread”, it added.