DECEMBER 7, 1998
Magny-Cours safe until 2001
THE French Grand Prix will continue to be held at Magny-Cours until the year 2001. The race had been in difficulties because of legal problems related to access for television cameras. This involved the passage of legislation through the French╩National╩Assembly.
These were finally sorted out in February and in June the circuit announced that it had reached agreement with the French╩Automobile Sport Federation (FFSA) for the race to continue at Magny-Cours until the year 2001. The problem was that the race - which has been run at Magny-Cours since 1991 - was losing money as it failed to attract big crowds. Initially this was not a problem as the French government was happy to pay as President Francois Mitterand and Prime╩Minister╩Pierre Beregovoy were both local men and wanted to use the race to stimulate growth in the region.
A change of government left the race struggling to survive but we understand that a deal has now been struck between the organizers, the FFSA and the French Ministry of Youth and Sport to ensure that the race survives.
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