BELIEVE the headlines prior to this year's Paris Show and you'd imagine that it was a bit of a disaster.

Big-name manufacturers like Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo, Volvo, Ford, Jeep, Mazda, McLaren, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Vauxhall/Opel and Aston Martin had all turned down their invitations to attend.

We expected tumbleweed and a down-at-heel atmosphere at the Expo centre, and while some of the halls felt a little airy, there was plenty going on. Join us as we take a look at the cars, the people and the events that caught our eye as we wore out some shoe leather at the show halls.

Click through the gallery above to read a behind the scenes run-down of the 2018 Paris Motor Show