Repeal gay marriage laws, says Sarkozy

The former president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, has called for the repeal of France's same-sex marriage laws.

Sarkozy, who is attempting a political comeback, made the comment at a debate between the three candidates seeking to become leader of the centre-right UMP party for the 2017 presidential election.

He told the audience that the gay marriage law, which came into force in May 2013 and also legalises same-sex adoption, "should be rewritten from the ground up".

When the predominately right-wing audience called out "Repeal" Repeal!", Sarkozy added: "If you prefer that I say repeal the law… it comes down to the same thing."

Sarkozy has called for the rewriting of the marriage law before but this is the first time that he has stated publicly that he would cancel it.

Although France is a predominantly Catholic country, a recent poll said that 68 per cent of the population supported same-sex marriage and 53 per cent approved of gay adoption.