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Anyone who has read or seen Victor Hugo's masterpiece knows the plot of Les Miserables turns on the theft of a simple loaf of bread. There was no sharper barometer of economic status in 19th-century France than bread. Minnie Phan for NPR hide caption

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Baguettes on sale at the Edgar Quinet market in Paris. Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble/Flickr hide caption

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Parisians On Hunt For Baguettes As Bakers Get Nod To Take Vacation

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