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Can I supersize that order of Freedom Fries for you, fellow American Patriot?
House cafeterias change names for 'french' fries and 'french' toast
Move reflects anger over France's stance on Iraq

By Sean Loughlin
CNN Washington Bureau
Wednesday, March 12, 2003 Posted: 10:52 AM EST (1552 GMT)

Reps. Walter Jones, left, and Bob Ney announce the name changes on House menus at a Tuesday news conference.


Restaurant serves 'freedom fries'

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The cafeteria menus in the three House office buildings changed the name of "french fries" to "freedom fries," in a culinary rebuke of France stemming from anger over the country's refusal to support the U.S. position on Iraq.

Ditto for "french toast," which will be known as "freedom toast."

The name changes were spearheaded by two Republican lawmakers who held a news conference Tuesday to make the name changes official on the menus.

Across the country, some private restaurants have done the same.

"This action today is a small, but symbolic effort to show the strong displeasure of many on Capitol Hill with the actions of our so-called ally, France," said Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, the chairman of the Committee on House Administration.

Ney, whose committee has authority over the House cafeterias, directed the change, after colleague Walter Jones, R-North Carolina, circulated a letter suggesting such a move. Jones said he was following the example of a local restaurant owner in his North Carolina district.

"I represent a district with multiple military bases that have deployed thousands of troops," Jones said in a statement. "As I've watched these men and women wave good-bye to their loved ones, I am reminded of the deep love they have for the freedom of this nation and their desire to fight for the freedom of those who are oppressed overseas. Watching France's self -serving politics of passive aggression in this effort has discouraged me more than I can say."

The name change was criticized by one young man in a House cafeteria.

"That's completely ludicrous to me," he said.

France has pressed the United Nations to give weapons inspectors more time in Iraq, saying the U.S. and British-led move to war is premature.

Its stance has angered some U.S. lawmakers.

Rep. Jim Saxton, R-New Jersey, has introduced legislation in the House that would block any French company from receiving U.S. government aid or financing in any reconstruction of Iraq. Another measure discourages American tourists, businesses and the government from participating in the 2003 Paris Air show.

But House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said he didn't think Congress needed to take any formal steps to signal its disapproval of France.

"I don't think we have to retaliate against France," he said. "They have isolated themselves. They have resigned from any responsibility for the war on terror."

Asked why he was focusing on France when other nations, including Germany and Russia, oppose the U.S. position on Iraq, Jones said it was because France had taken the lead in challenging the United States.

Officials with the French Embassy in Washington could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

-- CNN Congressional Correspondent Jonathan Karl contributed to this report

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Out With The Old-In With The New 13.Mar.2003 06:33

Viva La France

It really is a scary day in the Land of Oz when you see these childish maneuvers being carried out and supported by the very individuals who are governing this country and making decisions for its people. Perhaps it is time to do a thorough and complete spring house cleaning.

Frog Fries 13.Mar.2003 07:04


They are known as Frog Fries.

utter stupidity 13.Mar.2003 08:03

PolSci student

It's really sad to see that in the time of recession (where one in six children are living in poverty)the congress is wasting time with french bashing bills.keep in mind that only six percent of bills that get introduced in congress get passed.I thought Saddam or was it binladen that is the enemy? kim jung ill???? whats next weeks trend going to be? oh yeah
if these guys are serious about being anti french, will they boycott the statue of liberty??? they allready passed several bills banning liberty, they may as well ban it's image to.

aren't there any right wingnuts going to stand up to try and justifiy this french bashing?

What were french fries called before WWI? 13.Mar.2003 12:30


I can't seem to remember but I do know we changed the name to French fries and changed hamburgers even, it was a dumb propaganda stunt then to be anti German, just like it is now to be anti French.

We should not forget how they helped us gain our independence and how they helped to lessen a British empire, they atleast realize the importance of how bad empires can be to the world, like this American empire needs to have a check and ballance reminder of not biting off more than in can chew.

The Romans bit off more than they could chew, just like we're about to and atleast someone can see and trying to help our government recognize that.

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What about French kissing? 14.Mar.2003 16:27


They are not enemies, they agree that Hussain is not the best leader, they just don't think we should go to war. I think a lot of the American public agrees, are they evil?