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AFP - Andre-Pierre Gignac followed his starring performance for France in Wednesday's narrow World Cup qualifier win over the Faroe Islands by signing a new deal Friday with Toulouse.
The 23-year-old, heavily courted by former France champions Lyon over the close season, has decided to extend his stay by a year up to 2013.
"It's a strong sign which proves the club's wish to keep its best elements and also underlines the player's attachment with the 'Violets'," Toulouse said in a statement.
Gignac scored his debut goal on his fourth cap for France in Torshavn to earn Raymond Domenech's side a 1-0 win to keep the wheels on their campaign to make it to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
The 2006 beaten finalists cut their deficit on Group Seven leaders Serbia to five points with a game in hand.
Gignac was the French first division's top scorer last season with 24 goals.
Lyon were keen to lure him to the Stade Gerland to replace Karim Benzema after his transfer to Real Madrid.