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A poor potato harvest in Europe this summer could French fries are up to three centimeters shorter than usual. The poor harvest is because of the very hot summer Europe . There were record hot temperatures in many countries. The heatwave a lack of rain, which farmers a lot fewer potatoes than they normally do. Pierre Lebrun, a spokesman from a potato growers’ association in Belgium, farmers 25 per cent fewer potatoes than normal. The effect of this is that potato prices are up and the average size of potatoes smaller. Mr Lebrun said: "Because the potatoes smaller at the moment, we will all be smaller chips."

Belgium one country where the potato shortage is a big talking point. Fries the national dish in Belgium. The country has over 5,000 eateries specializing in fries. Belgians their fries so much that there is a campaign to them "Belgian fries" instead of "French fries" because Belgians say the fry was in their country. Belgium is one of the largest exporters of frozen fries in the world. It around 2.3 million tons of them every year. Mr Lebron why fries would shorter. He said: "Generally, to long fries, we work with potatoes with a diameter of more than 50mm. Then you fries of 8 to 9 cm. This time, as the potatoes are smaller, the fries will be shorter."

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