Barack Obama calls for more women to be elected to office 'because men seem to be having some problems these days'

  • Former US president made the comment at a private event in Paris on Saturday
  • He seemed to be referring to a wave of sexual allegations against men worldwide
  • Obama also took a shot at the Trump administration's stance on climate change

Barack Obama has called for more female politicians to be elected to office 'because?men seem to be having some problems these days'.

The former US president made the comment while talking to media leaders, financiers and academics at a private event in Paris on Saturday.

He appeared to be referring to a recent wave of sexual allegations that have been made against high-profile men in both the politics and showbusiness worlds.

Barack Obama speaks at the private event, organized by Les Napoleons, in Paris on Saturday

Barack Obama speaks at the private event, organized by Les Napoleons, in Paris on Saturday

'Not to generalize but women seem to have a better capacity than men do, partly because of their socialization,' Mr Obama said at the event, organized by a group called Les Napoleons.

The former Commander-in-Chief also took a shot at his successor Donald Trump's stance on climate change, commenting that there is currently 'a temporary absence of American leadership in the area'.

His remark comes after Mr Trump announced he was pulling the US out of the Paris Climate accord earlier this year.

Mr Obama also criticized the European Union during his speech arguing that the bloc had a tendency to micro-manage.?

He said: 'The European Union needs to recognise that micro-managing every single aspect of life within Europe gets people frustrated.

The former US president called for more women to be elected to office 'because men seem to be having some problems these days'

The former US president called for more women to be elected to office 'because men seem to be having some problems these days'

'So there are ways of streamlining and improving the functioning of the European Union, but the European project itself, the Union itself is something that is worth preserving.'

Before speaking at the invitation-only event, Mr Obama had a private lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace.

Last week the former president was in India, where he met the Dalai Lama to?discuss 'compassion and altruism'.

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