Former French president Nicholas Sarkozy told a crowd of supporters that the country’s recent same-sex marriage laws should be scrapped – prompting a chorus of catcalls, and screams of ‘Repeal!’ ‘Repeal!’
Mr Sarkozy said that the ‘marriage for all’ legislation, which was passed last year, needed rewriting ‘from top to bottom’.
The 59-year-old confirmed he would abolish Socialist party legislation which allows same-sex unions.
The controversial decision comes despite his wife, former model Carla Bruni, supporting the right of homosexuals to marry and adopt children.
Mr Sarkozy, who is campaigning to lead France’s centre-right UMP party, said he was in favour of some form of marriage for same-sex couples – but different from marriage for heterosexuals.
The former president (himself married three times) said that he was against surrogacy for same-sex couples.
Although there has been opposition to president François Hollande’s liberal policies, a poll published on Saturday showed that 68 per cent of French people were in favour of gay marriage, and 53 per cent supported gay adoption.
Speaking last year, Ms Bruni said: I’m rather in favour because I have a lot of friends in this situation and I see nothing unstable or perverse in families with gay parents. My husband is opposed for reasons linked to his political vocation.