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.