French GP hopeful but cautious on ticket sales

The Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile, the organiser of the French Grand Prix, is cautiously optimistic that this year's event - which coincides with the French Bastille Day national holiday weekend - will be a financial success. Ticket sales are reported to be up on last year by around 10% but the FFSA remains cautious to see if the World Cup soccer competition will affect the sales in the final run-up to the event. This year's race is the 100th anniversary of the first Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France and the French hope that the celebrations, including a concert involving Roger Waters and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd will bring in more people.

The race at Magny-Cours struggled to make profits before the FFSA took over the promotion but in recent years progress has been made to increase interest and build a stable platform for the future. The major problem is that the race fees feature an annual increase which is hard to sustain.

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