Women over 50 not worth dating, French author Yann Moix says

The body of a woman over 50 "is not extraordinary", French author Yann Moix says.
The body of a woman over 50 "is not extraordinary", French author Yann Moix says. Photo credit: Getty

A French author has sparked outrage on social media after comments he made about women over 50 not being attractive.

Yann Moix, 50, told Marie-Claire magazine's French edition that he prefers "younger women's bodies," and that the body of a woman over 50 "is not extraordinary" compared to a 25-year-old's.

The acclaimed author and film director, who says he prefers to date Asian women, told the magazine women in their 50s were "invisible" to him, which has angered many women. 

"It's perhaps sad and reductive for the women I go out with but the Asian type is sufficiently rich, large and infinite for me not to be ashamed," he told the magazine.

Laura Hulley, a woman who works in the British Embassy in Paris, took to Twitter to slam Mr Moix's comments. She wrote, "Happy New Year, sexists everywhere!"

Yann Moix, 50, told Marie-Claire magazine's French edition that he prefers "younger women's bodies".
Yann Moix, 50, told Marie-Claire magazine's French edition that he prefers "younger women's bodies". Photo credit: Getty

French MP Olivia Gregoire, a spokesperson for President Emmanuel Macron's La République en Marche (LREM) party, also criticised the author's comments.

She mockingly called Mr Moix "very classy".

"Like stupidity and vulgarity have no age, it's reassuring in his case as I doubt many women want (these qualities)," Ms Gregoire wrote on Twitter.

Feminist author Mona Chollet said Mr Moix was a "sad sire".

Mr Moix has picked up several literacy prizes and has directed three films. He was also the host of a popular TV talk show in France.

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