Lyon began life without injured striker Nabil Fekir by playing out a goalless draw with Lille at the Stade de Gerland on Saturday.
The absence of Fekir – ruled out for at least six months after sustaining a knee injury during the international break – was evident in a result which left Henri Fournier’s men five points behind early leaders Paris St Germain.
And the draw also continued a frustrating start to the season for Lille, who now have six points from their five games played and languish well off the pace.
Second-placed Reims hit back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Toulouse and maintain their strong start to the new season.
Olivier Guegan’s side looked to be heading for defeat after first-half strikes from Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik and Marthin Braithwaite for the home side.
But the visitors reduced the deficit through Theoson Siebatcheu in the 56th minute before Frederic Bulot netted their equaliser 10 minutes from time.
St Etienne claimed their third-straight league win with a 2-1 success at Montpellier, who are still searching for their first victory of the new campaign.
Moustapha Bayal Sall and Nolan Rous put the visitors well in control before Joris Marveaux reduced the deficit in injury time.
Syam Ben Youssef scored and was later sent off as Caen won 3-1 at Troyes.
Goals from Ben Youssef and Feret gave the visitors a comfortable half-time advantage and Vincent Bessat added a third despite Ben Youssef’s dismissal before Quentin Othon hit a late consolation.
Lorient came back from behind to beat Angers 3-1 as Romain Saiss’ early effort was cancelled out by strikes from Yann Jouffre, Abdul Waris and Benjamin Jeannot.
Meanwhile Younousse Sankare latched onto a pass from Jimmy Briand to the score the only goal of the game in the 76th minute as Guingamp won at Nice