France set for 2018 F1 calendar return?

After a decade's absence, France will reportedly return to the F1 calendar in 2018.

After a decade's absence, France will reportedly return to the Formula 1 calendar in 2018.

According to French sources - including L'Equipe, RMC and Europe 1 and Auto Hebdo - although the last French Grand Prix was held at Magny Cours in 2008, the event will now return in 2018 at the Paul Ricard track with an late August or early September date and a five-year contract.

The news will reportedly be made official on Monday, through an announcement in Paris by the Automobile Club de France.

L'Equipe says that French F1 legend Alain Prost and McLaren team boss Eric Boullier were involved with the negotiations, while Paul Ricard is owned by Bernie Ecclestone.

The news follows hot on the heels of the controversial dropping from the 2017 calendar of the similarly historic German Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg leaves the stage behind Lewis Hamilton during a press conference for the kickoff of the new Formula 1 season in Fellbach, south-western Germany, on March 11, 2016
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2Red Bull460
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5Williams-Mercedes138
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7Toro Rosso71
8Haas28
9Renault8
10Sauber2
11Manor1
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2Lewis HamiltonMercedes380
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4Sebastian VettelFerrari212
5Max VerstappenRed Bull204
6Kimi RaikkonenFerrari186
7Sergio PerezForce India101
8Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes85
9Nico HulkenbergForce India72
10Fernando AlonsoMcLaren54
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes53
12Carlos SainzToro Rosso46
13Romain GrosjeanHaas28
14Daniil KvyatToro Rosso25
15Jenson ButtonMcLaren21
16Kevin MagnussenRenault7
17Felipe NasrSauber2
18Pascal WehrleinManor1
19Jolyon PalmerRenault1
20Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
21Rio HaryantoManor0
22Esteban OconManor0
23Marcus EricssonSauber0
24Esteban GutierrezHaas0
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