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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
Center back Marko Basa and striker Nolan Roux scored a goal each as Lille beat Montpellier 2-0 on Sunday to strengthen its grip on third place in the French league.
Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Bastia 3-0 in the French league to keep an eight-point lead over Monaco, which edged Sochaux 2-1 on Saturday.
Marseille's Champions League hopes were dented on Friday as it fell to a surprise 1-0 defeat at home to Nice in the French league.
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:
When Lyon won seven straight French league titles, it was hard to imagine its success ever ending. Now, even qualifying for the Champions League is difficult.
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.
France coach Didier Deschamps called up Josuha Guilavogui on Sunday to replace Rio Mavuba in the squad that will face the Netherlands in a friendly on Wednesday.
Paris Saint-Germain increased its lead over Monaco at the top of the French league to eight points on Sunday after a 2-0 victory over Marseille.
Saint-Etienne made up ground in the race for a Champions League spot by defeating Monaco 2-0 in the French league to provisionally move into third place on Saturday.
Cedric Barbosa and Daniel Wass fired struggling Evian to a 2-0 win over Nantes in the French league Friday.
Brazil left back Maxwell has extended his contract with French league leader Paris Saint-Germain until 2015, becoming the third player to sign a new deal in the past week.
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.
Bordeaux stayed in the race for a European spot by defeating Lorient 3-2 in the French league on Tuesday.