France’s Prime Minister François Fillon will be visiting the Paul Ricard circuit shortly but this is not a sign of an announcement regarding a return for the French GP. Fillion says that he has received a draft contract from the Formula One group but negotiations are still taking place, while the Belgian GP (with which France will alternate the race) is not yet at this point of discussions. One should also take into account the fact that the French election is not three weeks away and the government is unlikely to do anything that could be construed as wasting public money, which some feel a Grand Prix might do. The opinion polls now show that President Nicolas Sarkozy is ahead of his challenger François Hollande in the first round of voting, but is still several percentage points behind in the run-off, when all the other candidates are removed from the process. Sarkozy continues to campaign as the experienced politician who has dealt with the financial crisis as well as can be expected, while Hollande continues to argue that change is needed. It is a very interesting situation and with three weeks to go, the result looks like being very close. Hollande has had as much as 62 percent in his favour in opinion polls about the second round, but in recent weeks that has dwindled to 53 percent.