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PM eyes French GP return

ESPNF1 Staff
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The teams last tested at Paul Ricard in 2008 before the ban on in-season testing was introduced © Sutton Images
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The French Prime Minister has put together a team tasked with resurrecting the French Grand Prix.

Francois Fillon has assembled a group including Renault team principal Eric Boullier and Circuit Paul Ricard director Gerard Neveu to seek a way of reviving the race, which hasn't been held since Magny Cours was dropped from the calendar in 2008. The race at Nevers was dropped as the French governing body could no longer afford to absorb the costs of hosting the race.

Despite the addition of races in Texas next year and Russia in 2013, as well as this year's inaugural Indian Grand Prix, Fillon said his taskforce was investigating the possibilities, and appeared that the Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet is the most likely venue.

"It is true that I have put in place a team [to] attempt to create a proposition that will allow the organisation of a new grand prix in France," Fillion told Var Matin. "It (the team) is led in particular by one of my former colleagues Gilles Dufeigneux, working with the French motor sport federation, the FIA and also Eric Boullier and the director of Le Castellet, Gerard Neveu."