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The way forward is unclear after the French rejection

The 25 EU member states were all meant to have ratified the constitution by the end of October 2006 - two years after they signed it.

Now that French voters have rejected it, the way forward is unclear.

The country could decide to hold a second vote. If it does not, the constitution cannot come into force in its present form.

If the text is altered, the ratification process will have to start again from scratch.