One has to be careful around this time of year about the Michelin France guide, as there is always speculation about which places will go up and down, and very often these "sources" turn out to be partly or wholly inaccurate (this year there was a nonsensical rumour, widely reported, about Arpege being about to lose its 3rd star - give me a break). However it does seem pretty likely that there will be two changes at the top this year, based on what does appear to be a genuine leak of the guide contents. The solitary new 3 star place will be Le Petit Nice in Marseilles, whose chef is Gerald Passedat. I have not been there - if anyone reading this has then do send in a comment.
More controversial is that it seems Grand Vefour has lost its 3rd star. This is an institution in France, and a restaurant that served Napoleon (it was founded in 1784), so no doubt this will cause some waves. Yet it should not in my view, as I was distinctly unimpressed with the cooking when I went. Decent food for sure, but not 3 star by a fair margin. It is good that Michelin has recognised this reality, as it has shown a reluctance to demote certain well known places, and seems to be going about it one at a time. Now if it ever has the courage to demote Georges Blanc and Paul Bocuse (neither of whose establishments are cooking 3 star food in my view) then I will know that something really has changed in the mysterious world of Michelin.
I'll write a little more when the guide officially comes out.