All eyes will be on defending champion Paris Saint-Germain and big-spending Monaco when the French league kicks off this weekend.
PSG has again spent heavily in the transfer market, notably bringing in Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani from Napoli for 64 million euros ($84 million) in the fifth most expensive transfer in history.
New coach Laurent Blanc, whose first match in charge is at Montpellier on Friday, says ''our target will not be reached if we finish second.''
Cavani is a doubt for the Montpellier match as he only recently joined his teammates. Fans may have to wait longer to see how he links up with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Blanc says: ''It's a dream attack ... my job is to make them play together.''
Newly promoted Monaco visits Bordeaux Saturday.