BBC: Top UK dish 'hooked French first' (08-Jan-04)
It is thought to be the quintessential British meal, but new research claims the original idea for fish and chips came from Jewish and French dishes… Professor Panikos Panayi of Leicester's De Montfort University has begun a £6,000 research project to investigate the global influence on British food. He said fish and chips mixed "French frites with Jewish fish dishes".
De Montfort University, eh? Sounds suspiciously French to me!
Tell you what, François, you keep quiet about the fish & chips, and we won't let on that it was us Brits who invented sparkling wine. That's champagne to vous lot.