French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday said that if reelected he would not support reform of a partnership law to allow gay marriage.

The 57-year-old Sarkozy made his remarks during a wide-ranging interview with France Inter.

“For me, a family is a father and a mother, not two fathers or two mothers,” Sarkozy said.

He repeated his claim that “to have a child … requires a man and woman,” but added that that does not mean that a gay couple could not adequately raise a child.

Sarkozy also insisted that he hates homophobia.

In January, government officials denied media reports that the president was preparing to include gay marriage in his reelection platform.

Sarkozy “didn't change his mind, he is not favorable to gay marriage,” tweeted Valerie Pecresse, a minister in the Union for a Popular Movement Party.

Since 1999 France has recognized gay and lesbian couples with PACS, a form of domestic partnership. The law offers significantly fewer protections than marriage and gay couples are barred from joint adoption of children.

During the 2007 presidential race, Sarkozy pledged to reform PACS into something closer to the UK's civil partnership. However, the law has not changed.

Socialist Party presidential candidate Francois Hollande – who bills himself as “Mr. Normal,” a dig at Sarkozy, who has earned the nickname “President Bling Bling” – supports legalizing marriage and adoption for gay couples.

A first round of voting is next Sunday and the second on May 6.