Clermont Auvergne's advantage at the top of the Top 14 table was cut to three points following Toulouse's victory on Sunday.
There was a dramatic win for Racing 92 in Top 14, as Toulouse went top but only after a battle at Pau.
Clermont Auvergne could only draw with lowly Grenoble and Toulouse took advantage by putting Bordeaux-Begles to the sword in the Top 14.
Clermont still lead the way in Top 14, but Stade Francais remain on their heels after a late win over Montpellier.
An early Perpignan red card ultimately allowed Sale Sharks to cruise to a comfortable victory, inspired by Byron McGuigan.
Clermont's advantage at the summit of the Top 14 table was reduced to four points after they were beaten at La Rochelle.
Centre Gael Fickou has now scored three tries in two games for Stade Francais, the club he joined from Toulouse in May.
Clermont won an early top-of-the-table clash with Stade Francais, while there were also Top 14 victories for Racing 92, Toulouse and Lyon.
Clermont Auvergne made the most of a chaotic spell in which Racing 92 were reduced to 13 men, triumphing in Top 14 on Sunday.
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