Ecclestone wants Paris GP

Bernie Ecclestone is reportedly set on having the 2009 French Grand Prix take place around the streets of Paris, rather than at Magny-Cours.

Magny-Cours almost lost its place on the 2008 calendar due to poor attendance figures and other logistical issues, including a lack of hotel infrastructure and traffic problems.

However, Ecclestone agreed to retain the venue unless a better venue could be found.

And, with a move to street circuits currently somewhat in vogue for F1, the sport's commerical rights controller believes the venue could be the French capital itself.

"I hope we will be able to put something in place in Paris. We need a site for the French Grand Prix as we won't go back to Magny-Cours," he told German sports news agency SID.

"The government has understood. We had originally decided not to go back to Magny-Cours this year.

"A grand prix in London or Paris would be better for spectators and for television. But I hope an agreement with Paris for 2009 is possible."