Nice continue fine start
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nice required Christophe Meslin's 39th minute goal to maintain their position at the head of affairs following last season's promotion.
The hosts also had to survive the entire second half with ten men after Romain Pitau was sent off 60 seconds after his team-mate had struck the decisive goal.
Auxerre remain level on points with Nice after a 3-1 win at home to Sedan.
Olivier Kapo put them into an early lead before Pius N'Diefi equalised on 74 minutes.
Within a minute Benjamin Mwaruwari restored Auxerre's advantage and then completed the scoring with nine minutes remaining.
Bordeaux moved up to third courtesy of David Jemmali's superb 75th volley against Lens.
Les Girondins are joined on 14 points by Marseille who won 3-1 at Le Havre.
Lamine Sakho put Marseille ahead immediately after the interval and Pascal Johansen extended their advantage soon after. Olivier Fauconnier handed Le Havre a lifeline but that was taken out of their grasp by Fabio Celestini's late effort.
Monaco produced a stunning display to beat champions Lyon 3-1 in a stormy encounter at Stade Gerland.
The hosts finished the match with nine men, while Monaco ended with ten in a heated tussle which sees the Principality club leapfrog Lyon in the table.
Shabani Nonda (pictured) fired the visitors ahead on 14 minutes and Ludovic Giuly extended the lead seven minutes after the interval.
Florent Laville pulled one back on 54 but three minutes later, he was sent off, along with Monaco's Marcelo Gallardo, for fighting.
Souleymane Camara wrapped up the win in the last minute but there was still time for Edmilson to be sent off for a second bookable offence.
Sochaux sneaked a win at Ajaccio through Francileudo Santos while Rennes finally notched their first victory of the campaign at the eighth attempt at home to Nantes.
Dominique Arribage's 75th minute goal proved crucial against a Nantes team that finished with ten men after the sending off of Mario Yepes.
Strasbourg came from behind to claim a 3-2 triumph at home to Montpellier via Teddy Bertin's winner five minutes into injury-time.
Danijel Ljuboja put Strasbourg ahead on 24 minutes but a second half double from Valery Mezague gave Montpellier the advantage.
Ljuboja squared matters before Bertin popped up with a late, late winner.
Lille collected only their second win of the season against Guingamp, in an encounter which concluded with each team a man down.
Hector Tapia put Lille ahead only for Wagneau Eloi to equalise before Mile Sterjovski's winner three minutes from time. The hosts had Sylvain N'Diaye dismissed while Nestor Fabbri received his marching orders for Guingamp.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Ajaccio 0-1 Sochaux
Auxerre 3-1 Sedan
Bordeaux 1-0 Lens
Le Havre 1-3 Marseille
Lille 2-1 Guingamp
Lyon 1-3 Monaco
Nice 1-0 Troyes
Rennes 1-0 Nantes
Strasbourg 3-2 Montpellier