It just so happens that I am still awake, at seven minutes to two in the morning, so I turn to CNN to check on the first round of the French presidential election. Hala Gorani is hosting a special program, and counting down the minutes to 1800 GMT (an hour, I think, after the polls closed) to announce the results.
I think: Okay, I’ll wait up for the results too. It looks like there will be no major surprises, unlike, say, Le Pen’s surge in 2002. So will it be Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal in the second round, as the polls have suggested all along?
Yes: Sarko has 29.6 percent; Sego 25.1 percent.