Marseille edged past St Etienne to move into second place while Caen let a two-goal lead slip to Valenciennes.
Marseille improved their case for a Champions League place after a 2-1 victory over St Etienne.
Undefeated in their last eight league clashes, the home side went ahead through second half goals from Lucho Gonzalez and Loic Remy. Christophe Landrin scored deep into added time but it was of little consolation.
In the late kick-off, Lorient demolished Bordeaux on the way to 5-1 win at the Stade du Moustoir.
Kevin Gameiro scored a brace while Arnold Mvuemba fired home a penalty that saw Franco Sosa dismissed for the away side. Despite a comfortable lead, Lorient keeper Cedric Carrasso also saw red in injury time.
An inconsistent Monaco fell to a costly 2-0 defeat away at mid-table Brest.
A goal in each half from Jonathan Ayite capped a successful evening for the home side and a late red card for Adriano Pereira for a second bookable offence added insult to injury for the men from the Principality.
The Michel d'Ornano was silenced as Caen let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 with Valenciennes.
Two goals in the last 10 minutes from Gregory Pujol and Steeven Langil were enough to snatch a precious point.
Lens were denied the opportunity to move out of the relegation zone after slipping to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Sochaux.
Ryad Boudebouz scored the winner in a foul-tempered match that saw Kevin Anin and Toifilou Maoulida dismissed for a first half fight.
Bottom side Arles were denied a morale-boosting win at Auxerre after a late equaliser from substitute striker Ireneusz Jelen.
Deme N'Diaye put the away side ahead just after the hour mark, only for the fellow relegation strugglers to steal a valuable point and a 1-1 draw with six minutes remaining.