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French GP dealt another blow as Paris plan overturned

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.

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FreddyFreeloader - Unregistered

February 01, 2009 8:37 AM

No French GP is terrible. This is all BE fault. France has lots of excellent tracks but none can support the F1 circus, sponsors, etc when it rolls into town and pay BE his chunk of cash. So no French, no Canada, could be no UK soon, then Belgium. All the history is being left behind just so BE can chase more cash - Tragic

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