Obama says women need to be in power because men have 'problems'

Former President Barack Obama said that more women need to be in positions of power because

"I grant you that at the moment we have a temporary absence of American leadership on the issue", Obama said, to laughter in the audience packed with French CEOs and former ministers.

Obama was speaking before a group of some 800 French CEOS, celebrities and public officials at an invitation-only conference in France called the Napoleons, where he lamented the USA withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, an agreement he had signed in 2015.

According to Obama, more women should be in leadership roles "because men seem to be having some problems these days", according to AFP.

"Not to generalize but women seem to have a better capacity than men do, partly due to their socialization", the former US president said on Saturday at an invitation-only event during a visit to Paris, Agence France-Presse reported.

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"I think it's important to be mindful of both the power of these tools but also its limits", Obama said when asked about the dangers of Twitter, a platform on which Trump has caused repeat controversies.

It was a thinly veiled shot at President Trump who, earlier this year, removed the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

He said: "I think for example that the European Union needs to recognise that micro-managing every single aspect of life within Europe gets people frustrated".

The French presidency said the private lunch was expected to include a presentation about the Obama Foundation.

The agreement would have left American workers and taxpayers to "absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production", he said.

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