The 2013 MichelinRed Guide awarded two stars to 82 restaurants in France, including five new restaurants, and one star to 487 restaurants, including 39 new names.The award system can be seen to work as follows: three stars mean exceptional cuisine worth a special journey, two are for excellent cooking worth a detour and one denotes a very good restaurant in its category.

Amongst the few restaurants which were awarded, Arnaud Donckele of restaurant La Vague d’Or in Saint Tropez, featured above, earned his third Michelin star, the only new three-star ranking to be included in the French listings.