Reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain enjoyed a comfortable 4-1 win on Saturday while Lyon, their nearest challengers last season, were well beaten at Bordeaux.
There was alarm for PSG for a time as Yacine Bammou headed Nantes into a 12th-minute lead which remained intact until half-time, and the difference between the sides could even have been extended as both Bammou and Wilfried Moimbe hit the woodwork.
But Zlatan Ibrahimovic scrambled an equaliser early in the second half and Angel Di Maria set up Edinson Cavani for the second goal before scoring the third himself.
Serge Aurier added a late fourth from Javier Pastore’s corner – and PSG’s day was to get even better as Lyon’s uneven start to the campaign continued.
Wahbi Khazri put Bordeaux ahead in the 17th minute and turned provider twice in five minutes before the break as his set-pieces were converted by first Jaroslav Plasil and then Pablo.
Claudio Beauvue pulled a goal back but Hubert Fournier’s side were beaten 3-1 and now lie sixth, already eight points behind PSG.
There was a heavy defeat for Toulouse as well, beaten 3-0 by Bastia who also did the damage in the first half.
Julian Palmieri struck in the ninth minute and defender Sebastien Squillaci scored twice before the interval, the first a follow-up after his initial header was saved.
Caen were 2-0 winners against Gazelec Ajaccio, Ronny Rodelin scoring in the first half and Emmanuel Imorou in the second.
In the day’s other game, Rennes came from behind to draw 1-1 with Troyes, Fallou Diagne’s cancelling out Jessy Pi’s opener before Rennes’ Yacouba Sylla was sent off late on.
On Friday night, David Ngog atoned for a first-half penalty miss by heading home the winning goal as Reims defeated Lille 1-0 to continue their good start to the season.
Ngog saw his 19th-minute spot-kick saved by Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan but the former Liverpool forward did find the back of the net 11 minutes after half-time to earn Reims their fourth win of the campaign.