France rejects EU Constitution

European leaders desperately played down Europe’s biggest crisis in 50 years as voters in France overwhelmingly rejected the European constitution.

Chirac’s government will probably fall because of this, and it never had to happen. He could have just had it raftified, but instead called the election in an attempt to boost his re-election chances. The Netherlands votes in three days, and will probably reject it too. This is a political earthquake.