Some say French fries are not French at all!
The truth is that French fries got their name because in the place where they were “invented” French was spoken. In Belgium, in times of war, potatoes were a cheap and easy resource to find. This meant that a large portion of the rations soldiers received were potatoes.
Popular tradition states that the original fries were born in Namur, in French-speaking Belgium, where locals were especially fond of fried fish.
When the Meuse river froze during a cold winter in 1680, people fried potatoes instead of the small fish they were used to, and fries were born.
However, some culinary historians say that French fries have older origins, so the dispute over who invented the fries is still open.