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Furore over fries

Paris, March 12 (Reuters): The US Congress picked on the wrong country when it replaced “French fries” with “Freedom fries” on its menus to protest France’s opposition to a possible US-led war in Iraq, according to a Belgian fry expert.

Michel Mes, who runs the website www.belgianfries.com, said that fried potatoes were invented in Belgium, not France, and were only referred to as French fries in the US. “Of course, in good food tradition, the French claim to be the inventors of our beloved fries,” he writes on the website.

“Anyway, we modest Belgians don’t mind the French claim, because we know that fries are God’s gift to our people.”

Restaurants in the US House of Representatives replaced the name “French fries” with “Freedom fries” yesterday in a small ceremony widely broadcast with commentaries on French TV.

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