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French Fries: Why soak in cold water, and if so, why a long time

I have heard that, to get crispy french fries, I need to get rid of the excess starch on the surface of potatoes after cutting them. But that can't be the reason, really, because starch is actually ...
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Does soaking fries in vinegar before blanching work better than blanching in vinegar water?

Does soaking fries in vinegar before blanching work better than blanching in vinegar water? Acidity de-activates pectinase, so it should toughen up the outside, while leaving the inside intact to ...