Aaron Ramsey led Arsenal past his former club with two goals in the English Premier League leaders' 3-0 victory over Cardiff City, while Everton easily beat Stoke City 4-0 and Newcastle United won their fourth consecutive match.
Two goals from Franck Ribery helped France overcome Belarus in Gomel with a 4-2 victory. Samir Nasri and FIFA U-20 World Cup winner Paul Pogba grabbed the other French goals as Didier Deschamps' side twice came from behind.
Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez helped Manchester City close the gap to 12 points on neighbours Manchester United with a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Premier League, while Newcastle overcame Southampton 4-2.
Moussa Sissoko scored twice for Newcastle as they beat Chelsea 3-2 in a pulsating game at St James' Park, while Everton levelled late on to claim a point from a dramatic 3-3 draw against Aston Villa.
Moussa Sissoko became Newcastle United's latest signing of the January transfer window as the former Toulouse midfielder added to their growing French ranks.
Toulouse edged 1-0 past relegation-threatened Auxerre as Franck Tabanou netted the game's only goal to send his side up to fourth in Ligue 1 above Lyon.