The French invented everything. Read all about it at the Exposition Universelle des Vins et Spiritueux web site.
"distillation was not achieved until alchemist Abu Musa Jabir ibn Hayyan (c.721–815 AD) designed and used a taqtir or al-ambiq. We now call this an alembic still."
A Moor I presume.....tsk, tsk...no Moorish whiskey...though alcohol is shunned by devout Moslems....no doubt it exists....date wine?
The French would have the gall, or would that be Gaul, to claim they invented sex.