Paris bakery closing

The oldest bakery in Paris, Au Richelieu Boulangerie, is closing after 202 years of baking bread, according to multiple published reports.

Baker Claude Esnault has been with the bakery since 1969, but after the owner of the building doubled the rent, he was forced to close.

Esnault reportedly is concerned about the neighborhood. The bakery, in a rapidly changing neighborhood near the Opera Garnier and the Louvre museum, is in an area with many sushi restaurants and shops that now cater to Japanese tourists.

A new shop will open in the Au Richelieu Boulangerie location, but they will offer sweets and candies, not bread, according to reports.