The French sports ministry has revealed that it won't provide any state backing to a proposed bid to revive the French Grand Prix.
The race hasn't been held since 2008 although there has been interest from both Magny-Cours and Paul Ricard about bringing the event back onto the calendar.
However, the state has now confirmed that it won't provide state support, leaving the French Autosport Federation to examine if either venue wishes to now continue with its bid.
"Madam minister Valerie Fourneyron confirmed that the state would not grant any financial help to the French Grand Prix," the FFSA said in a statement.
"I will put a question to the two bidders in the coming days to contemplate with them the conditions in which they could carry on with their candidacies," FFSA president Nicolas Deschaux added.