Former French President Sarkozy is “humiliated” by gay marriage

France’s right needs to decide who they want to be when they grow up.

Historically, France has not been the most religious of European states. And, generally speaking, it’s not a country that’s terribly tolerant of religion being injected into its politics.

What’s more, France’s “right” has never been terribly right-wing. Sure, they’ve got the racist, immigrant-and-gay-bashing National Front, but in terms of the mainstream right, France’s “conservatives” have often been compared to Democrats in the US, at least by my friends in France. (And the intent wasn’t to suggest that Democrats were on the right, but rather to suggest that France’s right wasn’t so right after all.)

Sadly, former (conservative) President Nicolas Sarkozy’s recent remarks about gay marriage being “humiliating” is indicative of a larger lurch to the right by France’s (and Sarkozy’s) UMP party. Just as America’s Republican party teamed up with the religious right in an unholy alliance over thirty years ago, France’s UMP is attempting the same in 2014.

Former French president Sarkozy and wife #3, Carla Bruni. (Via Everett Collection / Shutterstock.comShutterstock)

Former French president Sarkozy and wife #3, Carla Bruni. (Via Everett Collection / Shutterstock.comShutterstock)

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday criticized his country’s same-sex marriage law during a prime-time interview.

Sarkozy told Laurent Delahousse of France 2 that he “detested” the way he feels his successor, François Hollande, and his Socialist government “forced” the same-sex marriage bill into law in 2013 as the Guardian reported. The thrice-married Sarkozy said he feels the statute is “humiliating families and humiliating people who love the family.”

Yes, Sarkozy loves the family so much, he’s defending his third: “Liberté, Égalité, Divorcé.”

You might recall that France recently legalized same-sex marriage. The main opponents were the Catholic Church, France’s own burgeoning religious right (which is in cahoots with, if not being directed by, America’s own fundamentalist gay-bashers), and Sarkozy’s UMP. It’s been a particularly vile campaign from the anti-gays, including an apparent call for violence by both the religious right and the Catholic church.

Even in God-fearing America, the Republican party would get a bit squeamish about its far-right allies calling for “blood” in the streets. But in France, where to-date the thumpers haven’t nearly the power they have in American politics, it’s a dangerous anti-secular precedent.

Liberté, Égalité, Divorcé. (Sarkozy, from the European People's Party.)

Marriage is between a man and three women. (Sarkozy, from the European People’s Party.)

It’s ironic that at a time when the Republican party in America is desperate to move away from its gay-, woman-, black-, Latino-, worker- hating past, the French right thinks “it’s morning in France” — and that the solution to the world’s woes, or at least the UMP’s, is to saddle up with a bunch of bigots.

Now that’s humiliating.


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26 Responses to “Former French President Sarkozy is “humiliated” by gay marriage”

  1. ldfrmc says:

    He already has. One has to have dignity and self-respect to be humiliated.

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  3. Ron Robertson says:

    espèce de merde… ;-)

  4. dcinsider says:

    Fuck him.

  5. woodroad34 says:

    And France was humiliated by the little vonce. At least they got to convict him of corruption. *bitch slap*.

  6. olandp says:

    I always thought the ideal French marriage was a man, his wife, his mistress, and the wife’s lover.

  7. TampaZeke says:

    Is it really appropriate for a Moderator to call a commenter a “smart-ass”? You’re not exactly setting a good example. You should demonstrate more restraint and professionalism, particularly if you’re going to be judge, jury and executioner of all things proper here.

  8. UncleBucky says:

    I simply don’t know HOW these guys can scream on and on about [gay] marriage, when they haven’t banned DIVORCE. Not that divorce should be banned, but they are silent about divorce.

  9. ChrisDC says:

    John, I hate to say it, but he’s right. I’m sure he must find same-sex marriage to be humiliating.

    I mean, look at how petty, self-serving, faithless and feckless he appears compared to these ladies:

    http://aravosis.wpengine.com/2014/09/newly-married-90-y-o-gay-iowa-couple-talks-falling-love-video.html

    Vivian and Nonie had him outclassed with their very first date, and stuck it out for 72 years until they could get married.

    If Sarkozy feels humiliated by comparison, you have to admit that he’s earned it.

  10. Naja pallida says:

    France… Russia… Uganda… anywhere there’s someone gullible enough to listen to them, and take them seriously.

  11. Moderator4 says:

    Go right ahead and take your slurs elsewhere. Good-bye.

  12. penguintruth says:

    Go ahead and ban me. I’ll patronize a progressive blog that isn’t moderated by pathetic whimpering ninnies. Just because we’re egalitarian doesn’t mean we have to be weaklings.

  13. Moderator4 says:

    The word you used is a slur. Whether it is an ethnic slur, a nationality slur, a racial slur, a religious slur, it does not matter.
    If you want to be a smart-ass, you are going to wind up being banned. Consider this a warning.

  14. penguintruth says:

    French is not an ethnicity, it’s a nationality. Don’t be oversensitive.

  15. Haviva says:

    He’s just an a-hole, self-righteous, bigoted jerk. That isn’t particularly political, but he’s trying to make it so.

  16. Moderator4 says:

    Edited.
    Let’s not use an ethnic slur to describe a French person, no matter how offensive his own views are.
    Racial and ethnic slurs are not acceptable.

  17. penguintruth says:

    This frog surrendered three of his marriages to divorce. Consenting gay adults are hardly going to annex marriage. We need some French resistance to this attitude of his.

    (Ha ha! So timely.)

  18. TampaZeke says:

    Perhaps he can tell us which one of his three marriages, and at least as many mistresses, honored marriage the most.

  19. Indigo says:

    That infuriates me! I’ve heard that line about “being “humiliated” by equal rights for gays before, mostly from people who are identified as Catholic. Truth to tell.

  20. 2patricius2 says:

    I can’t help but think of the remark Elizabeth Birch made to Bob Barr, author of the Defense of Marriage Act: ‘‘Which marriage are you defending? Your first, your second or your third?’’

  21. Bill_Perdue says:

    Sarkozy is pandering to the right, just as the Clintons, the Bushes, Reagan and Obama did and to a greater or lesser extent still do in the US. That kind of pandering is very dangerous for our bothers and sisters in France. Here it got us Clinton’s DOMA and DADT and a whole host of Bushes state DOMAs. It’s prevented the passage of ENDA or a CRA for almost 40 years.

    The French right is composed the neo-fascist Front National . The French center is composed of the UMP (Union pour un mouvement populaire), a group evolved from the politics of de Gaulle and now the rightward moving Parti Socialiste, which abandoned it’s roots in the workers movement over a hundred years ago. The French Left is for now represented by the Front de gauche, the Nouveau Parti anticapitaliste and other groups. The French left is in the process or reorganizing itself as the Parti Socialiste moves even further right.

    The Democrats in the US are the analogs of parties like the Tories in England, the UMP in France and the CDU in Germany. They are a right centrist party moving further to the right.

  22. Bingo. I just watched the video — he looks like a House Republican.

  23. NATHAN AMAL says:

    wow-he is “la Piece of shit”

  24. sane37 says:

    Those US Political Consultants just moved to France is all.

  25. goulo says:

    It might be cool and politically effective if there was a backlash movement of many French people saying they are “humiliated” by Sarkozy and other ignorant intolerant bigots in their country.

  26. BeccaM says:

    It may not have been your friends’ intent to suggest the American Democratic party is right-conservative, but by this aging hippie’s standards they are. Mainstream Dem policies, especially when it comes to economics, foreign policy, and law enforcement are well to the right of even moderate GOP positions from a generation ago.

    But all that aside, it continues to infuriate me how corrupt, homophobic hypocrites like Sarkozy blather on about supporting and defending families as if the families formed by gay and lesbian couples, and their children simply do not exist. And yes, the fact he’s on his third marriage is the icing on the hypocrisy cake.

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