Boutique bakery Paul is poised to begin construction on first location in Boston

Photo taken from Paul’s website.
Photo taken from Paul’s website.

Some pooh-bahs rate champagne toasts and 21-gun salutes, but a media advisory for a French bakery chain suggests that Mayor Thomas M. Menino could be feted Friday with a Croix de Croissant for his long service as Boston’s mayor.

A French bakery chain called Paul has big plans for Greater Boston; it says it hopes to open more than a dozen of its “boutique bakeries” in the area by 2016.

And an early step in those plans is expected to take place Friday, when Paul has scheduled an “official celebration commemorating the beginning of construction on Paul’s flagship Boston location” at One Boston Place.

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According to the chain’s media advisory on the ceremony, Paul chief executive Philippe Sanchez will present Menino with “a commemorative bread creation in honor” of his long tenure as Boston’s mayor.

Consul General of France Fabien Fieschi is also expected to be in attendance.  

Founded in 1889, Paul operates more than 500 stores in 22 countries and has created hand-crafted bread, pastries and other baked goods using only a handful of the freshest, highest-quality natural ingredients for five generations.