Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy
on Saturday called for repeal of France's gay marriage law.
Sarkozy, who is vying to head the
opposition UMP Party, made his comments at a candidates debate in
Paris organized by the conservative movement Common Sense, according
When Sarkozy told the crowd that the
law “should be rewritten from the ground up,” the audience
chanted “Repeal! Repeal!,” to which the former president
responded: “If you prefer that I say repeal the law … it comes
down to the same thing.”
Sarkozy's successor, Socialist Francois
Hollande, campaigned on the pledge to legalize marriage and adoption
for gay and lesbian couples.
Opponents last year organized massive
rallies – some of which turned violent – against the law's
Sarkozy has previously said that he
“detested” the way the law was introduced, in particular its
overriding “marriage for all” theme, which he described as
“humiliating” to families and “people who love the family.”
Saturday's comments were his strongest yet on the issue.