Lifestyle & Belief

France: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy throws her (slender) weight behind gay rights bill


Photo taken on July 10, 1996 shows French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent (L) posing with models Claudia Schiffer (C) and Carla Bruni during the presentation of the autumn-winter 96/97 haute couture collection in Paris.


Pierre Verdy

Former first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has come out in support of the French government's bill legalizing gay marriage and adoptions, moves strongly opposed by her ex-president husband, according to On Top Magazine

“I am rather in favor of gay marriage and adoption,” she told Vogue in a cover story to hit newsstands on December 3. “I have a lot of friends – women and men – who are in this situation and I see nothing unstable or perverse in families with homosexual parents.”

France's new left-of-center President Francois Hollande, who beat Sarkozy in a tightly-contested May vote, approved the marriage equality and adoption bill on November 7. It is expected to go before parliament in January. 

Sarkozy's party as well as Roman Catholic groups have been campaigning heavily against the bill. 

As for Sarkozy himself, no comment from his wife on possible political ambitions, said Agence-France Press.

"It was a beautiful adventure," she reportedly told Vogue, "but today I just want to go back to being a citizen like any other."

For the former supermodel, a return to normalcy apparently takes the form 20-page fashion spread.

The exclusive feature sees the 44-year-old, who is also a successful singer, posing like she used to back in the 1990s. 

Bruni married Sarkozy in 2008.