Paris Saint-Germain have been christened Ligue 1 champions for the third campaign running after the top two divisions of French football were ended early.
Teams from Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 will finish in the table positions they occupied when play was first suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, per ESPN FC's Jonathan Johnson.
PSG were 12 points ahead of Marseille with a game in hand and retain their title, while Rennes will head into the UEFA Champions League's third qualifying round, their first time in the competition.
Fourth-place Lille qualify for the UEFA Europa League group stage and could be joined by Reims and Nice—fifth and sixth, respectively—but writer Jeremy Smith explained that will depend on whether France's domestic cups go ahead:
Ligue 2 leaders Lorient will return to the top flight after a three-year absence, while second-place Lens—Ligue 1 champions in 1998—are also promoted.
They take the places of Amiens and Toulouse, whose 17-year stay in France's first division comes to an end after they sat 17 points from safety with 10 games to play.
ESPN's Johnson highlighted 18th-place Nimes—four points in front of Amiens—were somewhat lucky to retain their top-flight status:
France's Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) made their decision based on a points-per-game index, but the European qualification spots could still be altered if domestic cups are allowed to continue in August, said director general Didier Quillot.
The French government announced on Tuesday that no sporting events will be permitted in the country before September.
That ruling superseded previous reports suggesting French football could return to action on June 17 following a two-month suspension due to the pandemic.
French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, addressed parliament at the National Assembly, per Agence France-Presse (via Yahoo Sport):
"The 2019-2020 professional sports leagues, notably football, cannot yet restart. I would like to be precise here, no large sports gathering or any gathering of 5,000 people or more, needing the permission of the local police and long prior arrangements, will be allowed before September.”
Goal tweeted a snapshot of the French top-flight standings as they will now finish:
The LFP was said to be planning for players to return to training in mid-May. The rumored June restart would have put the 2019-20 campaigns on schedule to finish by mid-August if all went to plan.
Johnson recently addressed the complications caused by the fact PSG are already in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, while Lyon lead Juventus 1-0 following the first leg of their last-16 matchup:
PSG released a statement saying the club accepted the government ruling and voiced willingness to play European games outside France if necessary (h/t BBC Sport's John Bennett):
Every team in Ligue 1 had 10 games remaining this season except for PSG and 11th-place Strasbourg, who each have 11 left to play.
France has seen the third-highest number of official coronavirus-related deaths in Europe, with a little more than 23,000 as of Tuesday, per the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.