France is on course for a Right-wing revolution after Nicolas Sarkozy secured an emphatic victory over his Socialist rival, Ségolène Royal, last night to become the country's next president.
Car horns sounded around the capital on the news that Mr Sarkozy, 52, who heads the ruling Union for a Popular Movement party, had 53 per cent of the vote against Miss Royal's 47 per cent, according to official exit polls.
Sarko might be right wing in French terms but then again, so was Jacques Chirac. So what's this revolution then? One slight right winger taking over from another?