Unfortunately, I think one of my commenters, Unodostres, got it right on my previous post:
The EU is a disaster. The problem isn't that people will reject the EU constitution, it is that they want socialism above freedom. They may hate Chirac, because they have less than what they had before (which was incidently far less than what Americans take for granted), but they yearn for a stronger hand as well as more handouts--not less.
This resounding vote, as an Instapundit reader notes, means that a lot of the people who voted "no" actually want France to become MORE socialist--not less; and are afraid that the EU will be too capitalistic (i.e., competitive). Their economies continue to sink; unemployment is rampant;Islamism is on the rise along with Anti-semitism (well, they have to blame someone for all their problems--God forbid they should take a long hard look at themselves and see where their socialist policies have already brought them); their welfare state is crumbling to dust before their eyes, and their status as a world power is zilch--yet they want more socialism??
How much longer can the people of Fracnce remain so willfully ignorant and blind about what is going on in the world? Don't answer; it's a rhetorical question.