JeanTodt insists it is not up to him to revive France's grand prix.
But with F1's Paris based governing body headed by a Frenchman, president Jean Todt, surely the 66-year-old could wield his power in favour of a French Grand Prix?
"It is up to neither the FIA nor its president to address this problem," he is quoted as insisting.
"It is up to the French motor sport federation, the regions and eventually the French authorities.
"But as someone passionate about motor racing, I would be happy if there is a Grand Prix de France.
"If the file arrives on my desk, I will obviously do what I can for a favourable outcome. But that is still to happen," insisted Todt, according to French reports.