Motor Racing: French GP in doubt

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THE head of French motor sport, Jean-Marie Balestre, said yesterday that he could not guarantee there will be a French Grand Prix next season after legislation had been introduced banning tobacco advertising on French television.

Balestre had been asked by the sport's ruling body, FISA, to provide assurances for teams who want to be sure they will not face legal action if they compete in the race on 4 July. But Balestre said he could not meet FISA's request.

The issue had resurfaced after parliament voted to maintain the tobacco ban at sports events in France, despite pressure to make an exception for the grand prix.