The chances of the French Grand Prix re-appearing on the Formula 1 calendar anytime soon appear to have received another setback after plans for a new circuit to be built not far from Paris were dismissed by the country's government.
Having received the approval of both Prime Minister François Fillon and the senate in a government bill amendment, the project at Flins-sur-Seine in the Yvelines department – about 40 miles outside of the capital – has since met stern opposition from both politicians and environmentalists.
According to F1SA
, Senator Bariza Khiari said the amendment was 'at the expense of Magny-Cours and 400 jobs in Nièvre (Nevers)', referring to the grand prix's traditional – if not greatly popular – home since 1991.
The opposition to the new initiative is understood to have led to the nullification of the senate's amendment by the French parliament, after members of a joint committee examining the proposal were unable to reach a compromise.
The French Grand Prix has been a regular fixture on the F1 calendar for more than half a century, and aside from Magny-Cours has been hosted by Paul Ricard, Dijon-Prenois, Charade, Rouen-Les-Essarts, Le Mans' Bugatti circuit and Reims.
It fell off the 2009 schedule after no financial deal could be struck between Magny-Cours promoters and Bernie Ecclestone's commercial rights company Formula One Management.