Former President Obama called for more women to be elected to office “because men seem to be having some problems these days," French news agency AFP reported.
Obama, who made the comment at an invitation-only event in Paris on Saturday, was referring to the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct made against prominent men, including several U.S. lawmakers.
"Not to generalize, but women seem to have a better capacity than men do, partly because of their socialization," Obama added, according to AFP.
The former president also lamented a “temporary absence of U.S. leadership” on climate change during the event.
Obama’s remarks come as lawmakers like Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Al Franken on another Senate run: 'I'm keeping my options open' Andrew Cuomo and the death of shame MORE (D-Minn.), Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersThe faith community can help pass a reparations bill California comes to terms with the costs and consequences of slavery Democrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ruben KihuenRuben Jesus KihuenRep. Steven Horsford wins Democratic House primary in Nevada Members spar over sexual harassment training deadline Nevada Dem sanctioned for sexual misconduct announces city council bid MORE (D-Nev.) all face allegations of sexual misconduct. GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is also facing calls to drop out of the race after several reports of sexual misconduct.
Female lawmakers have pushed for Congress to do more to combat sexual harassment, and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' Cheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge MORE (R-Wis.) announced last month that the House will add mandatory anti-sexual harassment training.