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From Roman feasts to 3D-printing - the story of France's 'Galette des Rois'

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This Galette des Rois, a creation by pastry chef Nina Metayer, has a crust that evokes the Notre Dame cathedral.
This Galette des Rois, a creation by pastry chef Nina Metayer, has a crust that evokes the Notre Dame cathedral. Nina Metayer / Mathieu Salomé

Every January, French bakeries proudly sell the 'Galette des Rois', a golden-brown almond pastry associated with Epiphany. The cake has a hidden trinket, and the person who gets the slice with the lucky charm is crowned king for the day.

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This tradition, also observed in Belgium, Switzerland, Lebanon and Latin America, derives from a pagan festival held during Roman times.

RFI's Arnab Béranger looks into the tradition and speaks to Nina Metayer, a pastry chef whose Galette des Rois was crowned 'Best Parisian galette' by Le Figaro magazine.

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