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    House cafeterias change names for 'french' fries and 'french' toast

    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


    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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    I love to watch our government in action....

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    Jack Cafferty, an anchor on American Morning on CNN, suggested they call it "Traitor" toast or "Turncoat" toast.

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    It is so childish...

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    Makes me wanna go Freedom kiss somebody. Wonder if they'll overdub reruns of "Family Affair" to call the butler Mr. Freedom?

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    Has anybody sent a letter, hopefully not a freedom letter, to Monsieur Chirac to tell him of this devestating tactic?
    He will be outraged, especially when he considers that the objective of the proposed war is to remove SH from power and give the Iraqi people freedom. In the confusion will he think that the aim of the war is to give them French?

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    Our government is composed of morons (party affiliation immaterial.)

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    Oh puh-leeeeze....like this is going to change anything. If anything, it trivializes the issues they (the sponsers) are trying to highlight

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    And the term "french fries" comes from Belgium .. in France they call them "frites".

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    If this particular body of government is taking this action, then what other actions will they take? There's a bill being sponsored that will seriously limit the amount we spend on French aerospace parts and supplies. I bet the people at Airbus are paying attention!

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