Ladies and Gentlemen, the Newt Gingrich of France

It turns out that the United States isn’t the only country where hypocritical politicians decry the destruction of the sanctity of their multiple marriages, including the ones they cheated on their previous spouses with. The former president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, is back in politics and saying dumb things about same-sex marriage too.

In October 2007, shortly after then-French president Nicolas Sarkozy moved into the Élysée Palace, his second wife, Cécilia Attias, left him for her lover, Richard Attias. (Sarkozy and Cécilia first met when he was officiating her wedding to television star Jacques Martin in his role as mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, a suburb of Paris. Sarkozy was, at the time, also married to someone else.)* In February 2008, only a few months after Cécilia had departed, Sarkozy married supermodel-singer Carla Bruni. One might think that given this particularly expansive marital history, Sarkozy would decline to comment on supposed threats to the institution. But non.

In a televised interview over the weekend, Sarkozy—who recently announced his intention to return formally to politics and lead his right-wing UMP party—criticized the policies of French President François Hollande, including the current president’s leadership on LGBTQ issues. The thrice-married politician believes that Hollande’s government, in introducing legislation allowing for same-sex marriage, is “humiliating families and humiliating people who love the family.”

Oh yes, how humiliating it is for one family when someone they don’t even know and have nothing to do with decides to form a family and receives exactly the same legal rights and protections that they already have. That’s way more humiliating than, say, telling your wife you want a divorce so you can marry your mistress while she’s lying in a hospital bed fighting cancer and then later getting the Catholic Church to declare that marriage to have been null and void and never existing because — and this is just chutzpah upon chutzpah — she had been previously married when she married him after they cheated on his first wife together.

"Yep. Principally raking in a nice fat paycheck for hauling the party line."

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  • steffp

    Multiple divorcees have a lot more families than your usual one-timers… so they’re kind of family specialists, aren’t they. And let’s not forget that all this LGBT acceptance robs the party establishment of important disciplinary tools, e.g. sex-blackmail.

    Sarkozy was put under official investigation for “active corruption”, “misuse of influence” and “obtained through a breach of professional secrecy” on July 2 2014. He, Mr Azibert and Sarkozy’s lawyer, Thierry Herzog, are also now under official investigation. The two accusations carry sentences of up to 10 years in prison… Looks like he’s playing the Berlusconi card.

  • laurentweppe

    The former president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, is back in politics and saying dumb things about same-sex marriage too.

    First, he never left politics, and merely claimed to be done with it in order to stage his messianic comeback before the next presidential elections. His official “comeback” is happening now because he has so many judges on his ass that his very freedom depends on retaking the reign of his party and doing a Berlusconi/Lieberman (not the american guy, the other one) trick: using his party’s megaphone to unleash a demagogic campaign against every magistrates trying to make him answer for his notorious corruption.

    Second, had Sarkozy won the 2012 presidential election, he would almost certainly have legalized gay marriage himself. The thing is, before the election, nearly three fifth of France’s right-winger (and a crushing majority of left-wing voters) favored its legalization: the reason french right-wing politicians are now spewing bullshit against universal marriage is because the very second Holland set foot in the Élysée Palace, half of the gay-marriage-favoring right-wingers started to pretend -loudly- that they had always been against it. Basically, the local right-wing was willing to legalize gay marriage, but only if it could be used as a talking point for their team.

    The worst part is that this hypocritical opposition to gay marriage is a complete grassroots phenomenon: rank and files voters started spewing deceitful bullshit on their own, and their “elites” merely followed the mob. Disgraceful.

    Third, you’re calling him the “French Newt Gingrich“? HahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA: You’ve obviously never heard what Sarkozy’s underlings are capable of saying, the treasures of bad faith they have displayed to justify the policies of their boss: the french province of planet wingnutia has Nothing to envy its american counterpart.

    (Also, to be fair, Sarkozy didn’t kick his second wife out like Gingrich did: she left right after he became president in 2007 and didn’t even bother to tell him)

  • colnago80

    Re weppe @ #2

    Also, to be fair, Sarkozy didn’t kick his second wife out like Gingrich did: she left right after he became president in 2007 and didn’t even bother to tell him

    It would be fair to say that she dumped him in favor of a younger model.