President Hollande said this wasn't the place or the time to discuss David Cameron's concerns. But that, on the fringes of this summit, is what David Cameron did.
David Cameron plans to remind EU leaders that nearly 4 million British voters backed Ukip. He thinks some EU countries under-estimate the British desire to move from the status quo in Europe.
Cameron is in Riga today to meet his fellow EU leaders for the first time since the election, but the focus won't be on his party's now mandated plans for renegotiation.
The SNP have bagged the front rows of the Labour benches and nearly nabbed Dennis Skinner's much-prided place. There were in at 8 trying to finesse their land grab.
On the ground in North Warwickshire with voters, I hear Labour's messages were less targeted than the Tories' and made no headway with Ukip deserters.
I'm not sure whether blue-collar workers do a lot of desk banging when they welcome people into the room, but that's how Tory ministers decided to welcome David Cameron into the Cabinet room for his
If the exit poll is right, the Tories will have lost something like only 10 seats or so to Labour. And as the results come in we may find they may have pinched some off Labour.
Ed Miliband's team has always been clear. The SNP, it argues, has nowhere else to go in a hung parliament, when it comes to votes that could bring in or vote out a Labour minority government.
The Tories are in danger of desperately gnawing through the very lifebelt they may need after 7 May. Put that to senior Tories and they acknowledge the problem but feel they can do no other.
Meet Ed Miliband on the road right now and you meet a very ebullient person. He's more consistently relaxed and confident than close aides can remember.
If he did get back in, what sort of David Cameron would we see? The long gone husky-cuddling eco-warrior won't make a reappearance presumably.