17/11/2011 05:45 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

French President Nicolas Sarkozy Brands Breastfeeding 'Slavery'

Ooops, Nicolas Sarkozy brands breastfeeding 'slavery' PA

Nicolas Sarkozy has sparked controversy by describing breastfeeding as "slavery"

The 55-year-old French president made his comments after revealing his wife Carla Bruni, 44, had struggled to produce enough milk for their newborn daughter Giulia.

Mr Sarkozy told young mums at a family benefits agency: "Carla is feeding the baby. I think it's much better for protecting against allergies and illnesses. But for the woman, it's both a joy and a kind of slavery."

He then added that when a woman does breastfeed, it 'frees men of blame':

"However, it does free men of blame because we don't have to bottle-feed.You don't have to get up at night, although out of solidarity, I do open one eye.'

The president added: 'But you know, she is worried about not having enough milk.'

One French website, News de Stars said that Sarkozy's honesty might bring him closer to the public, but that his comments were 'machismo', writing: "Speaking about these details of his private life might show Sarkozy wants to get closer to his voting public. But it also displays a certain machismo in his views."

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