Baguette Bonanza

Christophe ,a French baker is pedalling through his beautiful village,humming the "Marseillaise", with a basket full of fresh baguettes.He is stopped by one of his best customers,Brigitte,who buys half of his loaves plus half a loaf. Then the local priest ,Father Albert,stops him and does the same - he buys half Christophe's stock and further half a baguette.Finally a young boy,Vincet repeats the order -half Christophe's bread plus half a loaf more. Christophe is delighted -he has sold all his bread , and yet has not had to break a baguette .Can you work out how this is possible ,and how many loaves he must have started with?

Enter your answer as the number of loaves he started with.

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