Love has no age, says the saying, but this does not seem to apply to French author Yann Moix who said it would not be possible to love a woman of 50 or more, even though he was the same age.
The statements were made by this popular author of Marie Claire magazine, whom he assured that he found women of his age "too old".
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"I prefer the bodies of young women, that's all … Point: The body of a 25-year-old woman is extraordinary. The body of a 50-year-old woman is nothing extraordinary at all"he declared.
And his statements have provoked a wave of critical comments on social networks
Marina Foïs, a French comedian, spoke in a tweet saying that when she is about to hit 49, she has only "one year and 14 days" to sleep with her.
A Twitter user made fun of him and said it women over 50 years Years were probably "sighing in relief" for their comments.
Another asked, "Could women under 50 be invisible to you too, please?"
In other platforms, some women show over 50 published images showing their bodies in a protest test and confidence in their body.
Journalist Colombe Schneck published (but later deleted) a photograph of her rump that she said: "Voilto, the balance of a 52 year old woman … what are you, You don't know what you're missing".
Others shared photos of Hollywood celebrities near their 50s, like Halle Berry and Jennifer Aniston, to support their comments.
Anne Roumanoff, another French comedian, criticized Moix's statements on Europe 1 radio where he wanted to remind the author that love is not just "the stump of the stumps", but a connection between two people.
"I hope one day I will know this happiness," he added.
Moix is an award-winning author, presenter, director known for touching controversy with his comments.
His interview with Marie Claire also criticized the statements he made about his preference for dating Asian women, especially in "Korean, Chinese and Japanese" in particular.
"Maybe it is sad and down to the women I go out with, but the Asian guy is rich enough, big and endless, so I don't want to be ashamed," he said.
In response to the rebellion generated by his statements, he told RTL radio Don't be "responsible" for your taste for women.
"I like who I like and I don't have to show up before the "preference", he said, before he joked that he wasn't a big game either.
"50-year-old women don't look at me either!" He told the chain. "They have something more to do than to be with a neurotic who writes and reads all day, it's not easy to be with me."
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