It was the game of the season so far in Ligue 1, and arguably the biggest game anywhere in Europe at the weekend, but still Paris Saint-Germain's draw with Monaco was knocked off the front pages at home.
Sunday's match at the Parc des Princes was as fascinating a contest as any that will be played on the continent this season: two famous names that have re-emerged as major powers thanks to massive foreign investment; the reigning Ligue 1 champions against the current league leaders; both unbeaten so far.
It had three of the six most prolific goalscorers in Europe in the last two seasons, eight of the nine most expensive players in French football history were either starting or on the bench and the combined cost of the two matchday squads was getting on for £450 million.
The French league's president Frédéric Thiriez labelled the game "our version of Real v Barca", Le Parisien called it 'The Clash of the Titans', while others more cynically referred to the showdown as Le Cashico. A sell-out crowd of 45,000 was in attendance in the capital, with tickets for the game being re-sold online for upwards of €500 (£420).
And it was an enthralling contest, with PSG taking an early lead courtesy of Zlatan Ibrahimovic before Radamel Falcao's equaliser ensured a 1-1 draw. PSG will feel it was two points dropped, while for Monaco it was a point gained.
There was evidence to suggest that the reigning champions remain the favourites to retain their title, but the men from the principality have already taken four points from visits to Marseille and Paris and remain top of the table, two points clear.
Not too many conclusions can be drawn from the match itself, but what about the reaction to it? The emergence of these two superpowers has led to an increase in publicity for a championship that has in the past been considered a poor relation to its cross-border rivals in Spain, Italy and Germany, and its cross-Channel rivals in England.
However, on Sunday, television ratings for the game within France were affected by the fact that the country's basketball team were beating Lithuania in the European Championship final at the same time. Millions chose to watch Tony Parker instead of Ibrahimovic, Falcao and Edinson Cavani, and France's triumph dominated the Monday headlines.
Meanwhile, beyond France, there was little evidence to suggest that a Cashico will generate the same level of interest as a Clasico any time soon. Just as English attentions were turned towards the Manchester derby, Sunday was Rome derby day in Italy. At least curious football fans in those countries and in Germany could tune in if they so wished - in Spain coverage of the match was nowhere to be seen.
There is hope that Monaco and PSG together can help bring in increased revenues from foreign television broadcasters, although they are starting from a rather lowly position, with the current deal bringing around €30 million to Ligue 1 from abroad, compared to 20 times that for the Premier League. In any case, even if foreign markets do show a greater interest in Ligue 1, the French game continues to suffer from its perception at home.
Football fans in England, Spain, Germany and Italy are, generally speaking, an inherently parochial bunch. French football, in contrast, suffers from the country's geographical position in between its four powerful neighbours. Interest in goings on in Serie A, the Bundesliga, La Liga and the Premier League is huge, and there is excellent, in depth, media coverage of events there as a consequence.
Its detractors are happy to dismiss it is an overly defensive competition, and they are supported by comments from players such as France midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who moved from Toulouse to Newcastle United in January and who says playing in the Premier League is much more exciting.
"In England, teams try to score early and score as many goals as possible," he says. "You attack all the time; In Ligue 1, you spend the first half trying not to concede. After the break you try to grab a goal, and one is often enough."
However, the reality is that the average number of goals per game so far this season is higher in Ligue 1 than in the Premier League. And the rare chance to see the likes of Ibrahimovic, Cavani and Falcao on the field together means that now is the time to be watching the French top flight.