Hi, I am French, living in the UK now, and i have done this route many times to visit my family in the Alps and Pyrenees.
If you are planning to go down the South from Marseille to the French Riviera area, I would take Eurotunnel or the Ferry across to Calais (nice in the summer when weather is warm and when you have more time), then from Calais straight on the A6 to Paris, then Dijon, then Marseille. With a young child i would definitely stop half way, no way you can do all the driving in one day, plus you will be tired and won't enjoy it. Last Christmas we stopped in Dijon for the first time, lovely modern town, we were nicely surprised.
Depending on how many days you have, you need to allow 1.5/2 days to drive down and 1.5/2 days to drive back out of your schedule, so I would recommend a minimum stay of 7 to 10 days to be worth it from my experience.
Recommended areas after Marseille: Cassis, La Ciotat, Bandol. Other nice places carrying to the East are: Le Lavendou, Bormes les Mimosas, Port Grimaud, and famous St Tropez!
Recommended area on French Riviera: Villeuneuve Loubet, Antibes, Juan les Pins,Cannes, Nice, Monaco. If you stay in one of these towns and have a car, you can easily to do day trips to all the towns above or even take the train/bus which are inexpensive.
So many beautiful places in the South of France! Also Montpellier area and Perpignan are great. Close to the Spanish border is the pittoresque Collioure, fortified town, magnifique! ;o)
Hope these tips help you and wishing you a great trip! Now you just have to decide where to go, decision, decision... :)
· 7 years ago