Jan.25 (GMM/Inautonews.com) France is poised to return to the F1 calendar.

French-language RMC Sports reports that prime minister Francois Fillon has finally “given the green light” to the race at Paul Ricard to alternate annually with Belgium’s Spa Francorchamps, beginning in 2013.

“The negotiations with Bernie Ecclestone can begin,” read the report, adding that “informal meetings” with the F1 chief executive have already been held.

Fillon’s decision follows a minister’s meeting last Thursday, and RMC said the Var region has also agreed.

“There are still some loose ends to tie up with the department of Alpes-Maritimes,” said the report.

RMC said the French carmaker and F1 engine supplier Renault may also be closely involved with the French event.

“The eyes are now on the Belgian side, who must also validate the project.”