French prisoner escapes after taking hostages: Official

A prisoner armed with explosives escaped Saturday from a prison in northern France after taking five staff hostage, officials said.

Lille winger Hazard plays down transfer talk

Lille`s sought-after Belgian winger Eden Hazard has dampened speculation that he could be on his way out of the French champions.

Lille move to brink of Ligue 1 title

Lille moved to the brink of the Ligue 1 and French Cup double when a second-half Gervinho goal secured a 1-0 league home win over Sochaux.

Lille take giant step towards French title

Lille moved ever closer to the league title after they came from behind to beat St Etienne 2-1 and give the unglamorous northern French side a seven point lead over defending champions Marseille.

Late bloomers Lille firmly on track in Ligue 1

Surprise package Lille have a chance to extend their lead at the top of Ligue 1 this weekend having broken down a key psychological barrier to keep their bid for a first league crown since 1954 on course.

Lille stay top of French league despite Lyon stalemate

Lille maintained a tenuous grip on the Ligue 1 top spot but lost ground on the chasing pack after being held 1-1 by fellow title-chasers Lyon.

Lille kick off Ligue 1 campaign with home defeat

Lille made a disappointing start to their Ligue 1 campaign with a 2-1 home defeat by Lorient on Sunday.