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Meet the Tunisian who will be Emmanuel Macron’s official baker

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A French-Tunisian baker will soon find himself face-to-face with French President-Elect Emmanuel Macron.

The French President’s new team to prepare for his transition into the Elysee Palace is set to meet sometime next week with Sami Bouattour, a French baker of Tunisian origin who own his own shop in Paris’ 13th arrondissement.

The reason for the meeting on how to implement a new contract with the Elysee, which hopes all their bread would be provided by Bouattour’s bakery.

Sami Bouattour’s bakery Paris’ 13th arrondissement. (Supplied)

The French-Tunisian baker was the manager of a restaurant before deciding, along with his wife Olfa, to open a bakery offering different types of bread and pastries.

“Our products are very popular among Parisians who come to us since the very early hours of the day,” he said.

Bouattour’s baguettes has earned him a reputation which encouraged him to partake in the annual best baguette competition in Paris, where more than 250 bakers compete for the Grand Prize.

The winner of the Grand Prize receives a sum of 4,000 euros plus a contract to supply the presidential palace with bread daily for a full year, but only if he does not participate in the competition for the next three years.

In his interview with Al Arabiya he said that he is very proud for many reasons.

“..., I’m Franco-Tunisian, my father is from Sfax and my mother is from Paris. When I learned that I won, I dedicated my accomplishment to my father who is buried in Sfax. Since I was young I promised him that I would do everything in my power to make him proud,” he told Al Arabiya.

...He continued saying: “I really felt a bit ashamed that a young Tunisian was involved in the Nice attack but now I am proud to have at least helped to remind people across the media that Tunisia is the land of love and that Tunisians are amiable.”

Al Arabiya







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