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Topic - French League
The French League (full name - French League for purging, mutual aid and European collaboration) was a collaborationist French movement founded by Pierre Costantini in September 1940. Its journal was entitled L'Appel. - Source: Wikipedia
Monaco let Paris Saint-Germain run away with the title by losing 1-0 at struggling Evian in the French league on Saturday.
Valenciennes and Sochaux kept their safety hopes alive by beating respectively Evian 1-0 and Lorient 2-0 in the French league on Saturday.
French club Nantes will serve a one-year FIFA ban on recruiting new players after losing an appeal at Switzerland's supreme court.
Here are five things to know about this weekend's matches in the French league:
Salomon Kalou scored a hat trick Sunday to help Lille stay third in the French league with a 3-2 win at last-place Ajaccio.
Cedric Barbosa and Daniel Wass fired struggling Evian to a 2-0 win over Nantes in the French league Friday.
Paris Saint-Germain hosts bitter rival Marseille on Sunday. Still the only team undefeated at home in the French league, PSG holds a five-point lead over Monaco, which in turn hopes for a victory at Saint-Etienne to keep the pressure on. Third-place Lille is neck and neck with Saint-Etienne and Marseille in the race for a Champions League spot and hopes to shake off its poor form at bottom-side Ajaccio on Sunday.
Midfielder Blaise Matuidi has signed a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2018, ending months of speculation surrounding his future.
Paris Saint-Germain geared up for its Champions League tie against Bayer Leverkusen by defeating Valenciennes 3-0 Friday to extend its lead to eight points in the French league.
Lille extended its winless streak in the French league to five games by losing 1-0 at Nice on Sunday.
Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 18th league goal of the season and Brazil center half Alex added a late goal as Paris Saint-Germain beat Bordeaux 2-0 on Friday to provisionally move six points clear of Monaco at the top of the French league.
Paris Saint-Germain narrowly avoiding a second straight defeat in a scrappy 1-1 draw at mid-table Guingamp in the French league, prompting criticism of sloppy defending at set-pieces by coach Laurent Blanc on Saturday.
Monaco has agreed to pay the French league 50 million euros ($68 million) to settle a dispute about its headquarters being in a tax haven.
Marseille's home match against Valenciennes in the French league Saturday has been postponed because of torrential rain.
Bordeaux missed the chance to move provisionally up to fifth place in the French league after losing 1-0 away to Bastia on Saturday.