A little back story on Fries in general, from the Wiki.
A Belgian legend claims that the term "French" was introduced when British or American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I, and consequently tasted Belgian fries. They supposedly called them "French", as it was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time. But the term "French fried potatoes" had been in use in America long before the Great War. Whether or not Belgians invented them, "frites" became the national snack and a substantial part of both national dishes — making the Belgians their largest per capita consumers[in Europe, and their "symbolic" creators.
My Belgian heritage is definitely coming out in my love for Waffle fries. Om nom nom.