Cédric Vaivre, who runs the only bakery in Lusigny-sur-Barse in north-east France, was open every day during the summer of 2017 to serve tourists.
In fact, there are whole sets of laws that govern which type of bread can be called what, and when and how often bakeries can stay open.
One such law in Aube states that bakeries must close at least one day a week -- a day of rest.
"There is nothing worse than closed shops when there are tourists," said Christian Branle, Lusigny-sur-Barse's mayor.
“There has to be some common sense, especially in small rural places,” Branle told French television. “We’re not in an area where there’s lots of competition … let people work when there are visitors expecting a service.”
A petition in support of the baker has attracted more than 2,000 signatures. That's pretty impressive given that Lusigny-sur-Barse only had about 2,000 residents in 2014.
“We just want to open like this during the summer, not all the year,” Vaivre said.
It seems Vaivre may be in a minority, however. The federation of Aube boulangeries and patisseries questioned 126 members at the end of last year: the majority were in favor of maintaining the obligatory one-day closure.
Eric Scherrer of the retail union CLIC-P, said French employment laws were there to protect workers and employers and had to be respected.
“There’s a rule in place that says bakers and other professions in the food industry must close for at least one day a week because it’s an artisanal trade where people can work a lot, much more than the legal limits,” Scherrer told The Local.
“These people need to have a rest day each week. We can’t just allow them to work non-stop. It’s absolutely necessary that both bosses and employees have a day of rest.”