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Tunisia-born Paris baker wins best baguette award after last-minute bid to enter bread race

  • Ridha Khadher a Tunisian born baker stands in his Paris bakery, as he poses with one of his baguette, after winning the title of Best Baguette of Paris, Friday April 26, 2013.  This award makes him the baguette supplier for the Elysee Palace, home of the French Presidency. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    Ridha Khadher a Tunisian born baker stands in his Paris bakery, as he poses with one of his baguette, after winning the title of Best Baguette of Paris, Friday April 26, 2013. This award makes him the baguette supplier for the Elysee Palace, home of the French Presidency. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ridha Khadher a Tunisian born baker stands in his Paris bakery, as he poses with one of his baguette, after winning the title of Best Baguette of Paris, Friday April 26, 2013.  This award makes him the baguette supplier for the Elysee Palace, home of the French Presidency. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    Ridha Khadher a Tunisian born baker stands in his Paris bakery, as he poses with one of his baguette, after winning the title of Best Baguette of Paris, Friday April 26, 2013. This award makes him the baguette supplier for the Elysee Palace, home of the French Presidency. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)  (The Associated Press)

If you want the best baguette in Paris, go see Ridha Khadher. The 42-year-old baker has been turning out the long, golden rods of bread since he was 15, and has just been awarded the Grand Prix for his labor.

Speaking Friday, a day after winning the city of Paris prize, Khadher said he decided to enter his baguette at the last minute.

Khadher, born in Tunisia, was among 203 candidates, though 52 were eliminated for failing to meet strict criteria.

He said: "Yesterday I left at the last minute. I made my last baguettes and went to the competition.... I didn't believe I made the best baguette."

He gets to deliver baguettes to the French presidential palace for a year.