Didier Deschamps' men stopped their run of defeats, but were held to a 1-1 draw at Nice, while Montpellier went top of the table provisionally with a 1-0 win over Saint Etienne
|Nice 1-1 Olympique de Marseille|
Olympique de Marseille prepared for a crunch Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich with a disappointing 1-1 draw with Nice at Stade du Ray.
The visitors have lost their last seven games in a row, including a shock 3-2 reverse to minnows Quevilly in the Coupe de France.
Didier Deschamps' men were dealt a blow when key defender Souleymane Diawara limped off injured within seven minutes. OM suffered another setback when Charles Kabore was sent off just before half-time.
Andre Ayew put the visitors ahead with a lovely strike just after 56 minutes, though Luciano Monzon would equalise from the penalty spot 20 minutes later as Marseille continue their search for a first league win in six weeks.
|Lille 3-0 Evian
Lille extended their recent rise in form with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Evian in an entertaining game at Stadium Lille Metropole.
Eden Hazard, who starred in last weekend's thrashing of Valenciennes, netted his 13th goal of the season from the penalty spot after 13 minutes.
Dimitri Payet scored Lille's second, courtesy of a fine Hazard assist, as les Dogues took firm control of the game. The contest was made safe following Benoit Pedretti's long-range drive as the hosts consolidated third spot.
|Lyon 2-1 Sochaux|
Olympique Lyonnais made it three wins since their Champions League exit as they handed Eric Hely his first defeat as les Lionceaux boss with a 2-1 win at Stade Gerland.
Kim Kallstrom's free kick found the head of Dejan Lovren to put Remi Garde's men ahead after four minutes. The visitors lost Edouard Butin to injury, though they still managed to trouble Hugo Lloris in the Lyon goal.
Marvin Martin saw his shot tipped onto the bar, as Lisandro missed a header at the other end. Despite Sochaux's advances, Lyon would get the game-changing second goal when Bafetimbi Gomis chipped the ball over Teddy Richert.
However, Modibo Maiga's fifth goal of the season late on made for a grandstand finish as Lyon held their own and maintain their push for a Champions League place.
|AC Ajaccio 1-1 FC Lorient
|AC Ajaccio and Lorient played out a turgid 1-1 draw which did nothing for either's growing relegation fears.
Gregory Bourillion put the visitors ahead early on with a fine header from Yann Jouffre's corner, for only his second Lorient goal.
Both sides fashioned decent chances, most notably from Lucas Mareque's goal-line clearance from Mehdi Mostefa.
Nevertheless, the hosts pulled through to find a deserved equaliser. Benjamin Andre picked out Ilan, who fired past Fabien Audard to secure a point.
|Brest 0-1 Nancy
|Nancy picked up a first ever win over Brest at Stade Francis Le Ble as they boosted their own survival chances in Ligue 1.
Bakaye Traore netted the game's only goal after just 18 minutes and it was enough for ASNL to claim all three points.
The hosts had various chances to equalise to steal a share of the spoils but ultimately victims of profligate finishing as their forwards failed to convert. Nancy move to 14th in the table following the victory while Brest, who have now lost three in a row, are just two points clear of the drop zone.
|Montpellier 1-0 Saint Etienne
|Valenciennes 1-0 Rennes
|Valenciennes secured a morale-boosting 1-0 victory over Stade Rennes, whose European ambitions took a blow at on Saturday evening.
The visitors had run out 3-1 winners against Valenciennes in the Coupe de France quarter-final in midweek, but there was an element of revenge in the hosts' play.
It showed when they were awarded a penalty inside 13 minutes as Gael Danic sent Benoit Costil the wrong away to hand Daniel Sanchez's men the lead.
Jires Kembo-Ekoko saw his free kick miss narrowly, as les Rouge et Noir attempted to find a way back into the match.
Despite the highly physical nature of the contest, with a number of tempered fouls, it would be VAFC who would walk away with the win.