There have been persistent rumors that French Fries are not really an American dish--that they are from that "other" country--France. Although the name change to "Freedom Fries" in the congressional lunchroom following the refusal of the French government to allow military jet flyovers in the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq war may have been a peak moment in the controversy, nagging doubts as to the birthplace of the unhealthful dish have threatened to disrupt much more important issues in the economic and culinary life of the country.
Finally photographic evidence has turned up that sets the matter to rest, once and for all. The fat-soaked, sodium-laced snack popular to millions is an alien dish imported from the continent, and has no eligibility to claim a place in an "American" meal. Go home, les fries français.