Bordeaux hit nine-man Ajaccio for six
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bordeaux were already ahead courtesy of a goal from Pauleta when Laurent Moracchini received a red card on 35.
Moracchini was soon joined by team-mate Gregory Lacombe six minutes before the break.
Incredibly Ajaccio levelled through Bernard Diomede before Bordeaux made their numerical superiority pay.
Pauleta added two more to complete his hat-trick and was joined on the score-sheet by Savio, Jean-Claude Darcheville and Camel Meriem.
Elsewhere, Lyon failed to fully stretch the gap at the top of the table, after being held to a 0-0 draw by Lille.
Sochaux also failed to improve their footing in the top six as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Guingamp, and remain in fifth place, after Nice drew 2-2 with Rennes.
Rennes had come from behind to a Yoan Bigne goal to take the lead through Phillip Delay and Dominique Arribage, but earned a share of the points when Cedric Mionnet levelled.
Auxerre leapfrogged over Nice into sixth courtesy of a 1-0 win against Le Havre - Oliver Kapo grabbing the winner.
Montpellier picked up a 2-1 win against Bastia that gave them some breathing space away from the relegation spots.
Betrand Robert had opened the scoring for the visitors only for Florian Maurice to level for Bastia.
However, Geoffrey Doumeng struck 14 minutes from the final whistle to seal the points.
Sedan remain in the bottom three, but a 4-0 win against Troyes will be a major boost as they look to avoid the drop.
A hat-trick from Henri Camara, and a strike from Ludovic Asuar giving the strugglers a convincing win against the bottom side.
Finally Nantes were held at home by Paris Saint Germain, despite Nicolas Gillet's opener for the hosts. Alioune Toure earned a share of the points for the capital club.