Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has said he no longer wants to repeal gay marriage in a new book, that many see as the first move in his expected re-election campaign.
In La France pour la vie, published Monday (25 January), Sarkozy said unmarrying gay couples would be ‘unjust, cruel and also legally impossible.’
Sarkozy said while he had misgivings about the ambiguities of the ‘Taubira law,’ ‘there will be no question of unmarrying married couples or going back on the principle of homosexual marriage.’
‘I do no wish to legislate that again because the the priority must be to bring the French people together,’ he wrote.
‘This is a point on which, I assume, I have evolved.’
Sarkozy had previously said the gay marriage law, which came into effect in May 2013, ‘should be rewritten from the ground up.’
Anti-gay marriage group Manif pour tous were quick to denounce the ‘instability’ of Sarkozy’s convictions, and requested a meeting with the former president to ‘understand his motivations.’