Fashion designer John Galliano is to face trial over his alleged racial insults.
Prosecutors in Paris said said that the case could take place in the next three months.
Briton Galliano could face up to six months in prison and up to £19,000 in fines, if convicted.
The news came shortly after the 50-year-old designer apologised for his behaviour following his sacking by fashion house Christian Dior as creative director over anti-Semitic remarks.
Video of an drunken Galliano praising Hitler and the subsequent firing of one of the industry's most talented and moneymaking designers has sent shock waves through Paris Fashion Week, which began yesterday.
Dior is to show its new collection as planned in Paris this week, despite the sacking.
The company said today the show remained scheduled for Friday.
A spokesman said it was focusing on preparing for the show and would not comment on discussions of a replacement for Galliano.