But the Socialist party leader Francois Hollande is now the favourite to win. More embarrassingly, it has emerged that Mr Cameron has never even met Monsieur Hollande. A diplomatic faux pas, perhaps?
The first round of the French presidential election produced a clear winner. And it wasn’t the man who came first.
Uncertainty in Holland and France has rocked the DOW Jones and the FTSE
One can argue about the value of polls, but there is no doubt they give us some interesting insights into the political story of the moment