Lille battered Valenciennes, Toulouse edged out Rennes while Sochaux got the better of Nice in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
Eden Hazard did his market value no harm with a goal and three assists in Lille's convincing win over poor travellers Valenciennes.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was reportedly in the stands at the Stade Lille-Metropole. The Barclays Premier League team have been linked with a move for Hazard - and the midfielder sparkled as Lille reclaimed third place in Ligue 1.
Hazard opened the scoring in the 18th minute and after Brou Angoua had scored an own goal, Aurelien Chedjou and Tulio de Melo completed a comfortable home win.
Toulouse climbed to fourth in Ligue 1 with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Rennes, with an own goal from Romain Danze settling the outcome.
Both sides began the day on 44 points, but Toulouse climbed above their opponents and moved up three places thanks to the unfortunate Danze's mishap a minute before the interval.
Sochaux hauled themselves off the foot of the Ligue 1 standings with a solid 2-0 victory at home to fellow relegation scrappers Nice.
Edouard Butin hit the opener for the home side on the stroke of the interval before Marvin Martin made it two midway through the second half.
The win, Sochaux's second in succession, lifts Eric Hely's men into 19th place, above Auxerre and level on points with Nice, who occupy the final position inside the relegation zone.