A French author has been mocked on social media after claiming he would be "incapable" of loving a woman who was over the age of 50.

Yann Moix, who is 50 himself, added that women of that age and older are invisible to him.

The popular writer, director and television presenter told Marie Claire’s French edition: I prefer younger women’s bodies, that’s all. End of.

The body of a 25-year-old woman is extraordinary.

The body of a woman of 50 is not extraordinary at all.

Moix added that he likes to date Asian women – particularly people from Korea, China and Japan.

He added: 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.

His remarks were met with mockery on Twitter, with one social media user joking: Can women under 50 be invisible to you too please?

The French comedienne Marina Fois, who is about to turn 49, joked in a tweet: More than 1 year and 14 days to sleep with #yannmoix #inchallah it is done.

The French MP Olivia Gregoire, a spokesman for Macron’s En Marche! party, tweeted: Very classy Yann Moix. Very very classy.

Anne Roumanoff, another French comic, said on Europe 1 radio that romance was not just about the firmness of the buttocks.

She added: I hope that one day he knows this happiness.

Moix, who is promoting his latest book Rompre, has since defended his remarks and said he was only being honest.

He told the French radio station RTL: Every individual is a prisoner of their tastes. I’m a prisoner of mine.

It takes nothing away from a woman of 50 years that I don’t want to sleep with her.

Moix has won several literary prizes, with his first book Jubilations Vers Le Ciel winning the Prix Goncourt for a debut novel in 1996.

He has also directed three films including Podium, which was based on one of his novels.

Moix has been a host on the French Saturday night talk show On N’est Pas Couche since 2015.

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