The celebrations were meant to be in the capital. Officially or not, Paris Saint-Germain were supposed to wrap up the title when they played host to Valenciennes on Sunday night.
Alas, the champagne is very much on ice after a poor performance by Carlo Ancelotti's team in a 1-1 draw that was marred by the sending-off of Thiago Silva and a shameful shoulder charge by PSG sporting director Leonardo on the referee at full time.
Meanwhile, more than 500 miles to the south, hundreds of fans gathered at Nice airport to welcome home their heroes, who had taken another giant stride towards qualifying for Europe earlier in the day.
A brace from Dario Cvitanich and a neat finish by Eric Bauthéac gave Nice a 3-0 win at Rennes which leaves Claude Puel's side fourth in the table with three games left.
Les Aiglons - The Eaglets - are perfectly placed to qualify for the Europa League and could still make the Champions League. Either way, this is set to be their best season since 1976, when they finished second to Saint-Etienne.
More recently, they won the French Cup in 1997 but were relegated the same year and were a second division club when they lost to Slavia Prague in the last 16 of the Cup Winners' Cup the next season. They have not been in Europe since, but now Nice look set to return and will be a different proposition if they get there.
Next season Nice will move into a state-of-the-art new stadium. The 35,000-capacity Allianz Riviera will be one of the venues for Euro 2016 and should help the club establish themselves as a force at the top of the French game.
They have played at the crumbling Stade du Ray since 1927 but these days it is not suitable for top-level football and, despite this season's success, average crowds remain under 10,000. There is, however, great potential in an area with a population of almost a million and crowds will rise substantially when Nice move into their new home.
However, it is worth considering where Nice might have been had they not appointed Puel as manager last summer. He had been out of the game for a year after a bitter parting of the ways with previous club Lyon.
Puel is not fondly remembered at the Stade de Gerland, but he is the man who took OL to a Champions League semi-final. Before that, he won the title with Monaco and established Lille as a top-flight force. Now he looks set to do something similar with Nice.
A year ago, Nice needed to win at Lyon on the last day to guarantee their survival after spending an entire campaign in the bottom half of the table under Éric Roy and then René Marsiglia.
Twelve months on under Puel and Nice entertain Lyon on the penultimate weekend of the campaign in a match which could decide which of the two clubs qualifies for the Champions League.
The signings of Bauthéac and Cvitanich have been central to Nice's success. Bauthéac - who was mobbed by adoring fans at the airport arrivals hall on Sunday - is a target for Marseille, amongst others. But the former Dijon winger, who has scored eight goals and set up seven more in Ligue 1 this season, knows the future is bright on the Côte d'Azur.
"I'd like to stay here to be a part of the new project the club has in place and play in the new stadium," he says.
Cvitanich cost just €450,000 but has been a revelation, with his tally of 17 league goals bettered only by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Cvitanich forms a solid spine also comprised of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, Argentine centre-back Renato Civelli and former Middlesbrough midfielder Didier Digard, the captain.
Puel was not over the moon with his team's display at Rennes but the win was their fourth in five games and Nice have scored at least three goals in each of those victories.
Their only defeat in that run came at PSG. Central to Puel's success is the extraordinary team spirit he has forged.
"We are mentally strong," says full-back Timothée Kolodziejczak, who played under Puel at Lyon. "We are a group of mates who are ready to die for the cause."
"We have three top teams in front of us," says Bauthéac with a nod to big boys PSG, Marseille and Lyon. "Finishing fourth would be fantastic, but third would be the cherry on the cake."
Andy Scott - on Twitter @andpscott