Barack Obama says more women need to be elected to office because 'men are having problems’

Barack Obama wants more women in public office after a string of sexual misconduct claims against men (AP)

Barack Obama has called on more women being elected to public office after a string of sexual harassment claims made against high-profile men.

The former US President was speaking at a private event in Paris when he reportedly stated that “men seem to be having some problems these days”.

At the event, which was arranged by a network of communications professionals known as the Napoleons, Obama is quoted by AFP as saying: “Not to generalise but women seem to have a better capacity than men do, partly because of their socialisation.”

An Army veteran has accused US politician Al Franken of inappropriately touching her more than a decade ago while she was on a military deployment to Kuwait (AP)

Obama’s comments come in the wake of a sexual misconduct scandal that has already seen allegations made against US politicians including Al Franken, John Conyers and Ruben Kihuen.

During the event, Obama reportedly made no mention of his successor Donald Trump at the event, but apparently did take time to hit out at the EU.

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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.”

However, Brexiteers do not have a powerful new ally on their side, as Obama added that despite improvements being needed, “the Union itself is something that is worth preserving”.