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French Ligue 1

Clement Chantome's departure sadly ends a key chapter in PSG's history

Sadly for some fans, Chantome's exit brings PSG closer to the end of the pre-QSI era.

And then there was one. After Clement Chantome's departure Friday for Ligue 1 rivals Girondins de Bordeaux, only one Paris Saint-Germain youth academy product who was present in the first team at the time of Qatar Sports Investments' (QSI) takeover of the capital club remains in the club: Jean-Christophe Bahebeck.

Chantome leaves Paris after 15 years of loyal service, and with him, another chunk of the French champions' pre-QSI image dissolves. Mamadou Sakho's departure in the summer of 2013...

Paris Saint-Germain ride Ezequiel Lavezzi, Thiago Silva to victory

Paris Saint-Germain players celebrate with Ezequiel Lavezzi, center, after he scored the lone goal in their 1-0 win versus Stade Rennes.

Paris Saint-Germain picked up their third consecutive Ligue 1 victory with a narrow 1-0 win over Stade Rennes at Parc des Princes on Friday night. The French champions kicked off a testing 29-day stint with three points that provisionally move them to within one point of league leaders Olympique Lyonnais and three clear of Olympique de Marseille.

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While Laurent Blanc's men were still not at their absolute best, they got the job done and secured an important victory to put some pressure on their...

Ex-Dortmund star Lucas Barrios on the road to revival with Montpellier

Thanks to Lucas Barrios' excellent form, Montpellier are sitting sixth in Ligue 1 and starting to dream of European qualification.

Back in January 2011, when Gonzalo Higuain was forced to undergo back surgery, Jose Mourinho was urgently looking for a striker to bolster his Real Madrid squad. "Karim Benzema alone is not enough," Mourinho claimed, and Lucas Barrios was his first choice to replace the Argentinian.

Little wonder. "The Panther," as Barrios has been known since his youth, was one of the hottest names in Europe, scoring at will for Borussia Dortmund, with Arsenal and Manchester City also reported to be following him...

Without Lacazette, Lyon face tests of their Ligue 1 title credentials

Lyon head coach Hubert Fournier was pleased with his side for a job well done after their 2-0 Ligue 1 win over Metz on Sunday.
Lyon forward and Ligue 1 top scorer Alexandre Lacazette has played down suggestions from club president Jean-Michel Aulas that he is worth more than Gareth Bale.

Go on, admit it. You have been seduced by this Lyon team. I have and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

You have fallen in love with the elegant Alexandre Lacazette and his 21 goals in 22 league games. The manager Hubert Fournier reminds you of your school teacher but in a good way. You have been bowled over by the revelation that is Nabil Fekir, with his left foot and silky skills. Corentin Tolisso has a cool goal celebration and, at only 20, is also a very promising, versatile player.

And we can't forget...

Paris Saint-Germain wins thanks to Thiago Silva and all-Brazilian back-four

A Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty was the difference between PSG and St. Etienne, with Laurent Blanc pleased with his side's display.

Paris Saint-Germain moved level with second placed Olympique de Marseille in the Ligue 1 table thanks to a slender 1-0 win over AS St Etienne at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Sunday night. It was not the most enthralling of encounters, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic's controversial penalty after 61 minutes was the ultimate difference between the two sides. The result keeps Laurent Blanc's men four points behind league leaders Olympique Lyonnais and four points in front of St Etienne.

Sometimes, all that matters...

PSG must take advantage of chance to jump to second in Ligue 1

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti reacts to PSG fans who are suing over UEFA's financial fair play rule, and does not expect the supporters to get very far.

Olympique de Marseille's 2-1 loss away at OGC Nice in Friday night's Derby de la Mediterranee has once again presented Paris Saint-Germain with an excellent opportunity to usurp Marcelo Bielsa's second-placed side in the Ligue 1 table.

Each time the southerners have slipped up so far, Laurent Blanc's men have failed to take advantage of their bitter rivals' errors. However, with PSG in improving form and facing a tough test away at AS Saint-Etienne on Sunday, the French champions cannot afford to...