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Protecting the Cassoulet

French cuisine may be making a comeback in New York, but back in the homeland, French leaders and chefs are worried their cooking may be endangered. So in February President Sarkozy applied to have the cuisine protected with Unesco Heritage status, and the debate rages on today: "'Tête de veau and blanquette as heritages like Mont-Saint-Michel or Machu Picchu?' asked a weekly, Le Nouvel Observateur, while such leading chefs as Paul Bocuse, Alain Ducasse, Joël Robuchon and Guy Savoy announced their support....Whether French cuisine is under attack from foreigners with their fast foods...or whether it is simply a bit tired, Sarkozy's plan seems to indicate that gastronomy here has moved into a gelid commemorative stage." [IHT]