A date has been set for the murder trial, which will run over four days from May 27 in Paris, and will be presided over by three magistrates.
Mr Bailey, who was arrested twice as part of the garda investigation into the 1996 murder in Goleen, West Cork, can be tried in France in his absence.
He was never charged in Ireland with the murder of the 39-year-old French film producer. Attempts by France to have him extradited were rejected by the Irish authorities.
Now, Mr Bailey is getting legal advice from his teams in Ireland and France on whether to travel to Paris for the trial.
He told the Evening Echo: “It is absolute torture. I have nothing to do with this. It is a form of living hell.”
In the 10 years since the French probe got underway, Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s remains were exhumed from her grave in France and re-interred after a fresh autopsy.