Contrary to the popular notion, French fries did not originate in France. French fry is not French and can be traced back to Belgium, where according to historians, potatoes were already being fried as early as the late 1600s.
Belgian villagers sliced and fried the root plant the way they prepare their fish.
During World War I, American soldiers who were stationed in Belgium got first introduced to French fries. The Belgian army’s official language was French, so the soldiers nicknamed the delicious dish “French fries.” The name got stuck, and decades later everyone is still giving credit to the wrong country.