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Giroud was introduced 20 minutes from the end and was involved in the build-up to the Aziz Behich own goal that won the match 10 minutes later.
France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris praised Peru for their effort and called the match like playing an away game after Les Bleus won 1-0 in Yekaterinburg.
France's teenage star scored the winner versus Peru in a display that showcased his outstanding talent. But he must deal better with criticism.
Paul Pogba was a bright spot as France made it two from two at the World Cup but Antoine Griezmann was below par again, a bad sign for Les Bleus.
Didier Deschamps' men will have to improve if they are to make a deep run, but thanks to their teenage striker, a last-16 is assured.
Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest-ever World Cup goal scorer at the age of 19 as his strike secured a 1-0 win for France.
Argentina could not get a Messi lift vs. Croatia. France are in the knockouts; Peru are out. Australia held Denmark with the help of VAR.
France must overcome the pressure they felt in the opening match against Australia and go "beyond their capacity," says goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said on Wednesday that human error was one of soccer's charms.
This Thursday Hugo Lloris will become just the seventh French player in history to reach 100 caps, a testament to his character and class in goal.
France coach Didier Deschamps will include Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi in his starting XI to face Peru on Thursday in Yekaterinburg.
A Russian shopkeeper claims to sell three large blocks of cheese and 140 pots of yoghurt to the France squad per day -- "They're going to get fat."
Atletico Madrid announced a new contract for Antoine Griezmann on Monday, days after he committed his future to the club.
Paul Pogba said he has become "the most-criticised player in the world" after a challenging campaign with Manchester United and now with France.