While the country fielded a local in F1 for multiple decades, Olivier Panis' last dance at Suzuka last year left a notable F1 Paddock hole.
According to speculation, though, Bernie Ecclestone has told Magny Cours' race promoter Jacques Regis that he will help work on a solution.
In fact, a Frenchman - Renault test driver Franck Montagny - could burst off the start-finish line as soon as Montreal (Canada) in mid-June.
The 27-year-old is now linked with Tiago Monteiro's Jordan seat. -GMM