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

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

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