French author, 50, says women over 50 are too old to love Yann Moix, a prize-winning novelist, says women of same age are ‘invisible’ to him A popular French author and television presenter has caused outrage after claiming he was “incapable” of loving a woman aged over 50. Yann Moix, 50, told a glossy magazine: “Come on now, let’s not exaggerate! That’s not possible … too, too old.” In the interview with Marie-Claire magazine’s French edition, Moix, the author of several prize-winning novels, added that women in their 50s were “invisible” to him. “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,” he said, adding that he preferred to date Asian women, particularly Koreans, Chinese and Japanese. “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.” Moix has won several literary prizes including the prestigious Prix Goncourt for a first novel and the Prix François Mauriac from the Académie Française for his 1996 debut work Jubilations Vers le Ciel, has directed three films and is the host of a popular TV talkshow. His comments caused outrage on social media. The journalist and writer Colombe Schneck, aged 52, published a photo of a backside on her Instagram account. “Voila, the buttocks of a woman aged 52…what an imbecile you are, you don’t know what you’re missing, you and your tiny, paunchy brain.” French author, 50, says women over 50 are too old to love Update: In an interview with The Times, he refused to apologise for his remarks - and instead promised 'an even bigger scandal' by sharing more of his views on women. 'White western women tire me, they wear me out,' he said. 'They make my hair stand on end. I cannot stand them. 'I am saying that in the intimacy of a relationship they don’t bring me anything. I stopped going out with them a long time ago.' Moix was criticised for being ageist, misogynistic and anti-feminist following his original comments, which were published in the French edition of Marie Claire.