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French GP plans suffer fresh blow

French GP, 2008Hopes that the French Grand Prix will return to the Formula 1 calendar soon suffered a blow on Tuesday, after plans for a new circuit to host the race were cancelled.

Earlier this year, French authorities singled out a 4.5 kilometre track at Flins-Les-Mureaux, north west of Paris, as its preferred venue for a future F1 event.

The track was going to form the centrepiece of a new industrial complex that would attract major investment to the Yvelines region. It was hoped the track would be ready to host the French GP in 2011.

However, even though the industrial parts of the project have gone ahead and been a success, local authorities have decided to scrap plans for the F1 track.

Alain Schmitz, president of the general council of Yvelines, said on Tuesday: "Having consulted all the stakeholders in this case, I have decided in agreement with the elected county council to abandon the construction of the Formula 1 circuit."

Although the end of the plans for a race at Flins-Les-Mureaux is a big blow for French GP hopes, there still remains a chance the race could find its way back. Earlier this year, bosses at the Paul Ricard circuit expressed an interest in bidding for the F1 race.

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