The pressure eased slightly on coach Fabien Galthie as Montpellier ended a run of seven defeats with a 23-20 victory against Toulouse.
The town of Bordeaux will host this year's Top 14 semi-finals, after fending off competition from Nice and Marseille.
Clermont and Georgia flanker Viktor Kolelishvili is unlikely to play again this season after rupturing his ACL against Toulon.
David Smith' second try settled a competitive contest between Toulon and Clermont at the Allianz Riviera in the Top 14 on Saturday.
Italy head coach Jacques Brunel is set to step away from the international scene in 2016 and return to French club rugby.
Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal believes this weekend's showdown with Clermont has become rugby union's version of El Clásico.
Leicester full-back Mathew Tait is set to join Bayonne on a two-year deal at the end of the season, according to reports in France.
Toulon may have to say goodbye to a second World Cup winner at the end of the season with reports Juan Smith is to leave the club.
Racing Métro have been handed a boost with the return of club captain Dimitri Szarzewski to training this week.
Sharks CEO John Smit has challenged European champions Toulon to a match with his Super Rugby side.
Toulon have announced the signature of Argentina international hooker Matias Cortese on a short-term deal.
Toulouse boss Guy Novès has confirmed that he will rest at least three of his French internationals for Saturday's clash with Grenoble....
Montpellier president Mohed Altrad has confirmed that forwards coach Mario Ledesma has resigned following the club's recent struggles....
Former Argentina hooker Mario Ledesma has been sacked as Montpellier forwards coach according to reports coming out of France.
South Africa's request to play their France-based Springboks in their final November Test against Wales has been turned down.
Northampton coach Jim Mallinder admits Samu Manoa is in talks over a move to France amid speculation over a number of Saints players....
Heini Adams is set to be out of action until the end of the year after picking up a knee injury against Toulouse at the weekend.