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French Grand Prix could return in 2018

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The French Grand Prix could make a surprise return to the Formula One calendar in 2018, with the Paul Ricard circuit set to unveil plans to host the event again on Monday.

France was dropped from the calendar after the 2008 edition at Magny-Cours, which took over hosting duties Paul Ricard in 1991. The race has not returned in subsequent seasons despite France being a historical venue and the home of motorsport's governing body, the FIA.

According to a report in Europe 1, several local authorities are organising the event's return, including Provence-Alpes-Côtes d'Azur region, the Var department and the city of Toulon. The circuit hopes to acquire a five-year deal which would see it stay on the calendar until 2022.

Paul Ricard featured on the F1 calendar between 1971 and 1990. It was also used for five days in September by Mercedes this year as part of Pirelli's 2017 tyre test programme, as well as a wet-weather test in January this year.

Monday's press conference will take place at the Automboile Club in Paris.