France last hosted a Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2007 and has remained off the calendar ever since, although Prost has himself been a keen supporter of the (failed) alternative projects at Flins-Les-Mureaux and a Paris street race.
The 51-time Grand Prix winner told the RMC radio station of his concerns that interest in getting France back on the F1 landscape is starting to flag.
“It must not be buried now,” he said in his interview. “There was a great opportunity last year at the time of the regional (elections), and a first draft for Disney which in hindsight was perhaps a bit complicated.
“But the project was abandoned when everything was ready and financed, because of the regional election and an environmental problem that was essentially political,” he added.
Prost suspects that the lack of an F1 Grand Prix in his homeland would be down to a lack of political drive.
“Do we want a Grand Prix of France?” he asked. “Today, there are no French drivers in F1, Renault will soon not be called Renault … it’s a bit complicated and a financial issue.
“Above all what is important is that the economics are sustainable.”
[Original image via The Cahier Archive]