Nicolas Sarkozy has claimed the new same-sex marriage law in France ‘humiliates families’.
The former president of France has returned to politics, condemning several actions made by FranÃ§ois Hollande’s government.
The 59-year-old politician, currently on his third wife, said he ‘detested’ the way Hollande ‘forced’ through marriage equality.
‘[The government is] humiliating families and humiliating people who love the family’, he said, by introducing legislation allowing same-sex marriage.
When asked whether he would get rid of the law if he was to become president again, Sarkozy said it would not be a priority when so many were jobless.
In the interview on French television, Sarkozy said he blamed himself for losing the 2012 presidential elections. But now, he says he ‘does not have a choice’ to return to politics.
Carla Bruni, the supermodel wife of Sarkozy, disagrees with her husband over marriage equality.
‘I’m rather in favor because I have a lot of friends – men and women – who are in this situation and I see nothing unstable or perverse in families with gay parents,’ she told French Vogue.
‘My husband is opposed for reasons linked to his political vocation, because he sees people as groups of thousands rather than people we know personally.’
The debate over France’s gay marriage laws led to hundreds of thousands of people marching in the streets, both for and against. The first same-sex couples married in May 2013.