David Cameron had an all night 'ding-dong' effectively with French President Francois Hollande and at the end of it, the key to his win, if it turns out to be that, is that he managed to persuade Germany's Angela Merkel to come down on his side.
The French press have taken this very badly, they're used to Paris and Berlin running things in the EU, now they see London and Berlin doing it as they perceive it.
They don't like it, it's thought the French may still be causing some difficulties about a final agreement and it may be some time yet before we know if there is one.
The EU budget deal is victory for David Cameron, but perhaps more accurately a victory for northern Europe over the south.
The EU president will unveil 'exciting' new budget proposals, but getting northern and southern bloc countries to agree will be tricky.