Literally: Impossible is not French
Meaning: Impossible does not exist in the French language/impossible is nothing.
Origins: Attributed to Napoleon Bonarparte when one of his generals, shared his doubts with Napoleon about a battle during one if his campaigns.
Napoleon is supposed to have answered: “this is not possible; this is not French”.
Later, one of Napoleon’s minister Fouché, would have said, regarding the tracking of the French emigrated royalists, “your majesty taught us that the word impossible is not French”.
Today it is a famous expression that marks the French temperament.
Example: - je ne peux pas le faire
-impossible n’est pas français”