Aux Invalides…

 Les Invalides, which is short for Hôtel National des Invalides, which roughly translates as National Residence for the Invalids, is hard to miss. It is a shining golden dome in the centre of Paris.  Once a retirement home for military veterans, a bit like The Royal Hospital Chelsea, today it is a military complex, with offices, various museums and no fewer than 17 courtyards, with two churches and the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte, which is considerably larger than the man himself. One is tempted to say that holding a motor race around it is not so very different to performing stunts with cars in the vague vicinity of the Cenotaph in London, but the French media are not as silly as their colleagues, a tunnel away. For them, this is an historic moment, a motor race on the streets of Paris, something not seen since the post-war days when there were races in the Bois de Boulogne and at Saint-Cloud. For years people have talked of such things, but no-one could make it happen. So congratulations to Formula E (who got a LOT of help from FIA President Jean Todt, and his political pals, notably the mayoress of the 7th arrondissement, Rachida Dati) for really taking the sport to the people.