Ah, it seems Fillon actually has 43%, Juppé 26% and Sarkozy 24%
Premiers résultats de la primaire de la droite en direct : Fillon largement en tête
Oh please let it be that the macchiavelian slithery one of the cuban heels and an ego the size of La Tour Eiffel has been eliminated. Please.
France watchers, does this make Fillon unbeatable?
Everyone is being a bit previous though - these are results based on the first 2000+ polling stations out of 10 000, and they're usually the smallest places.
So let's not do another Brexit count, where we all went to bed thinking the first results were the actual results.
François Fillon est à 43,3%, Alain Juppé à 26,2%, Nicolas Sarkozy à 23,7%, Bruno Le Maire à 2,9%, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet à 2,2%, Jean-Frédéric Poisson à 1,4%
Jean-François Copé à 0,3%.
Ces résultats sont issus de 4219 bureaux de vote sur 10228, représentant 1.131.802 votants.
Sure, 41.2% just now (on the TV as I type) but i was discussing the earliest votes, as announced by the CNIL, the point being that even with more results, there are still more than half the polling stations left to count, and those include the biggest population centres which may well have a different profile to the smallest polling centres.
The gap between Sarkozy and Juppé is not yet enough to be sure that Sarkozy won't get through to the second round.
And don't forget that in the second round, it's all to play for all over again. Nearly 50% in the first round is absolutely not an automatic majority in the second round. Fillon hasn't got the candidacy yet, by any stretch of the imagination.
Over 50% now, and the tendency does seem to be confirmed - Sarkozy is 3rd even in places he should be doing well in.
Hollande is clearly a goner whoever emerges the winner of this next week