French figures: The fruit that gives you an energy boost

In France, having this fruit means you are ready to roll.

French figures: The fruit that gives you an energy boost
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Directly translated into 'to have the peach', avoir la pêche means 'I'm full of energy', 'I'm ready', or 'I feel great'.

Tu as la pêche ! – You're in high spirits!

It can be even shorter, sometimes French people will simply say la pêche ? – feeling good? 


As you probably have noticed, the French language is rich with food based expressions, which generally have nothing to do about the fruit, vegetable or snack in question.

This one is probably one of the most common food idioms, but it's not the only one that signifies that you're feeling on top of the world. In the French language, a potato, a banana or a chip also do the trick.

According to one theory, the expression originated in Chinese culture, where a peach symbolises immortality and good health.

But others say it spread out of the boxing ring, where peaches and potatoes refer to brutal punches.

This article is part of The Local France's 2020 virtual advent calendar – every day until Christmas we will be presenting you with a person or object that has a particular significance to life in France. 


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French figures: The true spirit of France

This is the incredible story about the teenage girl who became a symbol of France for the ages.

French figures: The true spirit of France
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The story of Joan of Arc – Jeanne d'Arc in French – begun like many fairytales do: an unlikely hero is chosen to accomplish a dangerous task.

Born around 1412, Joan of Arc was an illiterate peasant girl convinced that divine powers had decided she would fight the English army in France. 

She then did exactly that. 

This was during the so-called Hundred Years’ War, when English troops battled for territory across the country that is now France.

Joan of Arc liberated Orléans city from English forces in a legendary and decisive battle that paved the way for the later French victory in 1453.

Joan of Arc paid for her heroism with her life. She was captured and sold her to the English army, who burned her at the stake in Rouen, northeast France, around 1431. She was approximately 19 years old at the time.

But her short life left a lasting mark on France and in 1920 she was made a Saint. Almost 600 years after her death she is still commemorated and celebrated in France and her spirit is invoked during difficult times for the country.

Known today as “the Maid of Orléans”, Joan of Arc's silhouette is all over the city, ingrained on medallions on the street, cast into sculptures and painted on the boxes of Cotignac, an Orléans culinary speciality.

READ ALSO: Ten reasons why you should visit the French city Orléans

This article is the final instalment of The Local France's 2020 virtual advent calendar – featuring every day a person or thing that has a special place in French culture. To see the whole calendar, click here.