The Formula E organisers have revealed the location and circuit layout for the inaugural Pairs ePrix, which will take place on 23 April 2016.

The Paris ePrix will host the first European round of the 2015-16 Formula E championship with the street circuit based around the architectural complex of Les Invalides. The circuit will be 1.93km in length with 14 turns passing past the Army Museum and the Tomb of Napoleon, subject to FIA track homologation.

FIA President CEO Jean Todt was joined by Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and the minister of the city Patrick Kanner at the official presentation and says he's delighted to secure a race on the streets of the FIA's home.

"The FIA is particularly pleased that there will be a Formula E race run through the streets of the centre of Paris, the city that has been our home for over a century," Todt said. "This series is heavily linked to the development of new technologies and to promoting a new model for sustainable mobility. It is entirely logical therefore, that a country like France, that has always been at the cutting-edge of innovation, should host an ePrix in its capital city.

"I am sure that the spectacle offered by Formula E on a track laid out against the amazing backdrop of Les Invalides, will make this event truly unique among motorsport events at a world level."

Agag has hailed Paris as one of the most outstanding locations on the Formula E calendar and sees the French capital as the perfect setting for the all-electric calendar.

"As a series we are fortunate enough to race in some incredible locations but none more spectacular than the backdrop in the city of Paris," Agag said. "The ethos of Formula E is urban racing in the heart of cities around the world - Paris certainly ticks all those boxes. France is also a key market for the championship as the home of the FIA, Official Founding Partner and Tyre Supplier Michelin, and team partners such as DS and Renault."

 

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