Observation of Higgs candidates around 114 GeV/c2 at LEP's highest energies

Up to August 31, 2000, the ALEPH detector at LEP has collected 154 pb-1 of data at center-of-mass energies above 205 GeV. In these data, an excess of four-jet Higgs candidates e+ e-  ==>  H Z  ==>  b bbar q qbar  is observed to give a 3 to 4 standard deviation incompatibility with the predicted background. Using the Standard Model Higgs production cross section, the preferred Higgs mass hypothesis is between 113 and 115 GeV/c2. Results from the four-jet analysis are detailed together with those of significance calculations. Combined results from all decay channels as well as from all LEP experiments are also given.