La Tour d'Argent, UNESCO Site?
Between playboy and presidential duties, Nicolas Sarkozy is lobbying to get French cuisine UNESCO World Heritage status. Don't laugh, it is possible. In addition to sites of stunning human achievement and culture, the list, started in 1972, also includes United Nations-protected oral traditions, performance art, traditional crafts and social practices.
True to form, some French feel that escargot isn't on par with Machu Picchu: It's better.
Now up to 851, the list includes not only Mont-Saint-Michel and, for that matter, Venice but also lesser-known sites from Butrint in Albania to the Matobo Hills in Zimbabwe. Not all the French were thrilled at the thought of having their cuisine co-listed with parts of the Congo basin or an ancient church in Finland.