Marvellous, the second ticked by and the red bar flooded across the screen.
A ragged cheer from a knot of sceps and the press leapt at us. Crement d'Alsace flowed and glasses have been charged.
France - of all countries France has struck a blow for freedom.
Now its off to the Belymont tio see what Mssrs Barrosos and Juncker have to say.