France on Sunday made another clear step towards returning to the formula one calendar.
The L'Equipe sports daily said race-day at Spa-Francorchamps was a "great day for French motor sport", after Bernie Ecclestone apparently agreed to reinstate a French date on the 2013 calendar.
The report said the plan is for France, probably with a race at the Ecclestone-linked Paul Ricard circuit, to alternate a single annual date with Spa.
"We have a contract until 2013," said Belgian Grand Prix organiser Etienne Davignon, "and we feel that there is a strong tendency at present for an alternation (in future).
"So we went to see who might be interested and we found a public interest group," he added, referring to French prime minister Francois Fillon's delegation.
We went to see who might be interested and we found a public interest group
Davignon said on French TF1 television that the plan is "with the knowledge of the authorities", and that Bernie Ecclestone "has agreed".
"It looks like a concrete proposal," he added.