Baker Jean-Louis Hecht has set up a machine in Paris that dispenses baguettes round the clock. A cross between a vending machine and a microwave, the coin-operated machine is loaded up with part-baked baguettes, heating them up and dispensing them to hungry passers-by in exchange for one euro (90p).
Hecht - who has also set up a machine in the north-eastern town of Hombourg-Haut - said: "This is the bakery of tomorrow. If other bakers don't want to enter the niche, they're going to get decimated."
The machine in Hombourg-Haut sold 1,600 baguettes when it began operating in January, and its popularity has only grown. Hecht says that 4,500 were sold during July.
However, another Parisian baker, Jean-Luc Avel, has said that he fears "the end of the traditional boulangerie" if the new machines catch on.
See one of Jean-Louis Hecht's baguette vending machines in action below:
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