Apr.19 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Bernie Ecclestone has met yet again in London with David Douillet, the French sports minister.

The F1 chief executive confirmed this week that a deal to alternate an annual calendar spot between France and Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps beginning next year is now close.

“Spa have agreed; apparently they’re going to do it in (Paul) Ricard,” Ecclestone told the BBC.

The French sports daily L’Equipe reports that the 81-year-old’s latest meeting with Douillet is “another step towards the return of the grand prix de France”.

The meeting, reportedly confirmed by “several sources including those in Belgium”, is Ecclestone’s second with Douillet in 2012.