Click on the title for a link to an article by the Financial Times, about the possibility of France voting to reject the EU Constitution. If they do reject it, it will indicate whether or not Chirac has the staying power to win another election. This is his baby.
Remember, France was not too delighted that Chirac was their only real choice in the runoff in the last election. His opponent, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was even further to the right than him, and anti-semitic. That's not much of a choice.
Did you ever notice that we seemed to get more genuine cooperation from France, when the Socialist Mitterand was President?