February 9, 2012 ( – French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has been under pressure from socialist opponents to weaken his stance on human life and family issues, says he is not budging.

In a recent interview with the conservative magazine Le Figaro, Sarkozy reaffirmed his conservative stances on a variety of social and economic issues.

In contrast to his principal opponent in the upcoming presidential elections, socialist François Hollande, Sarkozy told Le Figaro that he is “not favorable” to homosexual “marriage,” because it “opens the door to adoption.”

“In troubled times, when our society needs to keep its bearings, I don’t think that it is necessary to blur the image of this essential social institution that is marriage,” said Sarkozy.


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Although Sarkozy said that he supports strengthening certain legal rights for homosexuals, including inheritance rights, he opposes the creation of “civil unions” because the would “tend to harm the institution of marriage.”

“I know that there exists, in fact, particular situations with men and with women who assume their parental roles perfectly.  But they do not lead me to think that it is necessary to inscribe in law a new definition of family,” he said.

The president also reaffirmed his opposition to the legalization of euthanasia.

“Legalized euthanasia could lead us to dangerous excesses and would be against our concept of the dignity of the human person,” he said.

Sarkozy’s pro-life and pro-family positions have been affirmed in recent months by the French Parliament and the nation’s highest court, the Constitutional Council, in votes that have rejected the legalization of euthanasia and homosexual “marriage”.