By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Didier Deschamps' Monaco had a comfortable ride at struggling Metz, with Jaroslav Plasil and Gael Givet netting the goals.
Lyon lost second spot after Nisa Saveljic's last-minute goal earned Guingamp a shock win at Stade Gerland and lifted them off the foot of the table.
PSG were in rampant mood at home to Montpellier as new strike pairing Pauleta (pictured) and Daniel Ljuboja ripped the visitors to shreds.
Ljuboja opened the scoring on seven minutes before Pauleta notched his first of the game on 20 minutes. The duo scored again early in the second half, with their strikes sandwiching Nenad Dzodic's goal for Montpellier.
The capital club put the icing on the cake with two goals in 60 seconds later in the second period, firstly from Branko Boskovic and then Reinaldo.
Auxerre took advantage of Lyon's slip to take second place, with a comfortable 2-0 win at Rennes, with their goals coming from Philippe Mexes and Bonaventure Kalou.
Steve Marlet handed Marseille a much-needed boost with a dramatic late winner at home to Ajaccio.
The second-half substitute pounced in the last minute to give l'OM all three points after Mamadou Seck had cancelled out Mido's opener.
Egyptian striker Mido was in sparkling form after his return from African Cup of Nations duty and broke the deadlock on 11 minutes when firing in the rebound after Didier Drogba's shot was saved by Stephane Trevisan.
But Ajaccio rocked the hosts on 72 minutes by drawing level courtesy of a spectacular goal from Seck.
Just as the points were to be shared, France international Marlet latched on to a loose ball to slide a shot under Trevisan to give l'OM a welcome win.
Sochaux suffered a setback in their quest for a European berth after losing 2-0 at resurgent Lille.
Geoffrey Dernis broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time and Matt Moussilou made the game safe in the 53rd minute.
Nice thumped Lens 4-0 on home turf with an impressive first-half display doing the damage on the South Coast.
Christophe Meslin, Noe Pamarot and Everson all netted inside the opening 32 mintues before Bakary Diakite scored in the second half. Lens' misery was compounded by a Dagui Bakari sending off.
Strasbourg kept Le Mans firmly in the relegation zone with a crushing 3-0 win. Ulrich Len Pen bagged a brace in the second half, with his goals sandwiching a Cyril Chapuis effort.
Bastia's on-loan signing Bartholomew Ogbeche scored the only goal in Corsica as his team beat relegation-haunted Toulouse.