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Fishing for baguettes at the German border
Photograph: Hartmut Fey

Germans are using fishing rods to lift baguettes over the French border

By
Huw Oliver
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Nothing can come between the French and their daily bread. And the same goes, it turns out, for Germans just across the border: residents of Lauterbach in western Germany have found a novel way to get around international travel restrictions and pick up fresh French baguettes. They’re meeting a baker from a neighbouring French town at the frontier – and one has even used a fishing rod to reel over that sweet, sweet bread. 

To ensure her German customers can still stock up on fresh pain and pâtisserie, Myriam Jansem-Boualit, from Carling in north-eastern France, is taking orders by phone and will meet at the border crossing near her shop for deliveries. ‘There used to be a lot of Germans who came here to buy bread,’ she told Agence France-Presse. ‘They don’t dare come any more because there are checks. So what I can do now is bring the bread to them.’

One of her regulars, Hartmut Fey, took it upon himself to maintain social distancing with the help of a fishing rod. ‘We’ve been buying our baguettes and bread here in France for decades,’ he said. ‘It has to do with tradition.’

If only we could fashion some fishing tackle to stretch across a continent or two…

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