French politican and presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron has spoken out against rumours that he is having a “gay extra-marital affair”.
A Russian news outlet published claims that Macron is living a “double life” and working on behalf of the “very wealthy gay lobby”.
Macron has condemned rumours questioning his sexuality, calling them "homophobic".
“Two things are vile behind the implication: to say that it is not possible for a man living with an older woman to be anything other than a homosexual or a hidden gigolo is misogynous. And it’s also homophobia. If I had been a homosexual, I would say it and I would live it.”
Macron added that he would continue to support the LGBT+ community.
“In my eyes, the equal marriage law was vital and necessary. It is an achievement that I will defend.
“However… the debate divided French society. Big questions of society need to be debated calmly, and not weaponised for political parties to turn one against another.
“Some have still not understood that sexual orientation is neither a choice nor a luxury.”