Caen came into the encounter hovering just above the Ligue 1 relegation zone on goal difference.
However, they started the sharper of the two teams and broke the deadlock in the 11th minute when 21-year-old midfielder Frederic Bulot reacted quickest to a loose ball inside the penalty to score from close range.
Caen's lead only lasted until the 26th minute thanks to Marseille striker Loic Remy. Alexandre Raineau handled the ball inside the area and reported Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Remy stepped up to convert the resultant penalty.
Both sides had the chance to secure the three points after the break, but neither were able to find the net as the match ended one goal apiece.