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Are any of the things Americans call "French" actually French in origin?

Asked by augustlan (47376points) December 6th, 2012

I remember when I first discovered that french fries are not a French thing. What about french braids, french style green beans, french manicures, and last – but certainly not least – french kissing? Are there others? I can’t think of any more at the moment.

If they’re not really ‘of France’, why do we call them “French”?

Bonus question: What do the French call these things?

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