Date: 11th April 2012 at 10:42am
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Formula One looks set to return to France in the near future, but the circuit it returns too may now be open to debate.

Over the past few months talks have been held with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone for Formula One to return to the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet, near Marseille, France for the first time since 1990.

The French prime minister Francois Fillon has already made it clear that the event will not receive any financial backing from the government, but has declared that a French Grand Prix at the Paul Ricard circuit would be supported by the French government.

The deal that the circuit was hoping to put in place was to be a share deal, to host a bi-annual event at between the Paul Ricard circuit and Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. But as yet no deals have been struck and it is believed that there are some financial details to iron out, with the demands from Bernie Ecclestone currently two million Euros higher than what the race organisers are wanting to pay.

That may well have opened the door to Magny-Cours, who ironically took the French Grand Prix from the Paul Ricard circuit in 1991 and hosted the French GP until 2008.

Former F1 team boss Guy Ligier has also held talks with Ecclestone and he believes the battle to bring Formula One back to France is an open contest.

‘I have a feeling that Bernie is not going to sign anything before knowing the outcome of the presidential election.

‘I feel this is not lost for Magny-Cours.’
Ligier told French newspaper L’Equipe as quoted by Sky Sports.