Paris St Germain were stunned by a 2-0 defeat at lowly Evian Thonon Gaillard which ended their unbeaten run at 36 matches.
Romania's Adrian Mutu will return home in January after agreeing to leave Ligue 1 club Ajaccio for Petrolul Ploiesti.
Monaco forward James Rodriguez got his second goal in four days to lead his side to a 3-0 victory at neighbours Nice.
Paris St Germain midfielder Thiago Motta has been ruled out of their visit to Evian TG on Wednesday with a thigh problem.
Monaco striker Radamel Falcao “won’t leave in January,” according to the club’s sporting director Vadim Vasilyev.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic took his tally of Ligue 1 goals this season to 11 with two penalties to help leaders PSG thrash Lyon 4-0.
Bastia goalkeeper Mickael Landreau equalled the French record of 602 first division appearances when his side played a Ligue 1 game against Evian TG on Sunday.
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Monaco will be without top striker Falcao when they host Stade Rennes after the Colombia striker picked up a thigh injury.
St Etienne fans will be banned from away games until the end of 2013 after some supporters caused chaos last weekend.
Mounir Obbadi's long-range strike earned Monaco a 1-0 victory at Nantes to end a three-match winless streak.
PSG must shift their focus to becoming a tighter defensive unit if they are to keep improving, coach Laurent Blanc said.
Nine people were injured when St Etienne fans threw seats at the local supporters at Nice's Allianz Riviera stadium.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic put his World Cup woe behind him by scoring one goal and setting up another as PSG won 3-0 at Stade Reims.
Marseille moved into fourth place in Ligue 1 following a 3-1 win away at Ajaccio.
Ghana forward Andre Ayew has been ruled out for two months with a knee injury that requires surgery.
France didn’t hang about after their dramatic World Cup play-off win over Ukraine, launching a new kit for Brazil straight afterwards.
Club success will help Zlatan Ibrahimovic overcome the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup, his Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc has said.
The French media has made an unusual if low-key demand of their team ahead of the crunch play-off with Ukraine.
Ligue 1 clubs have postponed a strike planned for the end of this month to protest at a controversial French super tax on million-euro salaries.