France took the lead in only the third minute as midfielder Matuidi curled home a fantastic shot from a tight angle into the far top corner.
They now go into Tuesday's game against Belarus knowing victory will secure their spot at the World Cup in Russian Federation next year.
Netherlands needed a late penalty to escape Belarus with a 3-1 win, though their hopes of reaching a playoff spot are practically nil after Sweden's big win.
David Propper gave the Netherlands a 1-0 lead in the 25the minute, a lead that was tied up early in the second half when Maksin Volodko drove the ball past the Netherlands' goalkeeper. Those results mean the likes of Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland (the latter two face off in a victor takes all meeting on Monday) will be guaranteed a playoff place if they win their final games. There's no one player who makes the difference.
Lacazette should have doubled France's lead just before the 30-minute mark after being found inside the Bulgarian box by Mbappe, but the Arsenal forward was denied by a brilliant challenge from Vasil Bozhikov.
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The incident left the perpetrator "with burns all over his body", Bruno Ataide Santos , director of the local hospital stated. 'We believe a security guard at the nursery set himself on fire and set fire to children in the kindergarten'.
'They have a quality to play through rapid counter-attacks.
Meanwhile, Portugal struggled against Andorra at the Estadio Nacional in Andorra La Vella.
"Cristiano Ronaldo was decisive for us in this match, but that's why he's the best player in the world". On Saturday they travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina, who are second in the group and looking to improve their chances of qualifying for the play-offs as one of the best eight teams.
The goal finally came in the 63rd minute when Ildefonso Lima could only get a slight touch to Joao Mario's cross, and the ball fell to Ronaldo to score.
The late game in that Group saw Greece come from a goal down to beat Cyprus 2-1 and go second in the group with a game to go.
Goals from Haris Medunjanin and Edin Visca put the Bosnians ahead in Sarajevo after Belgium full-back Thomas Muenier's early strike, but Michy Batshuayi and Jan Vertonghen turned things around.
The hard work was done and all that remained in the second half was to see how many goals Switzerland could pile up.