Traditionally referred to as the "French bread" it is in fact, nothing of the sort; it's Austrian. So, seeing as we're being accurate, here are a few more tidbits about the loaf:
— The word baguette literally means “little rod”, and is derived from Latin baculum — stick or staff.
— A popular but inaccurate belief holds that baguettes were invented during Napoleon’s Russian campaign when he ordered a new shape of bread to fit down his soldiers’ trouser legs.
— They were invented by Viennese bakers in the 19th century, using a new steam-injected oven.
— The baguette became dominant when a French law in the 1920s banned bakers from working before 4am. The traditional “boule” took a long time to prepare but the baguette would be ready by breakfast.