Obama takes on Trump and men in general at Paris event

Obama takes on Trump and men in general at Paris event

"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 repeatedly asked about his successor, President Donald Trump, at a New Delhi symposium but stuck to a general warning to all high-profile figures to take care.

Around 100 leaders were invited to what President Emmanuel Macron called the One Planet Summit in July following Trump's announcement that he would withdraw the United States from the agreement that has been signed by 197 countries and territories.

Obama also used to his Paris speech to call for more women in positions of power, saying that "men seem to be having some problems these days", in an apparent reference to the sexual assault and harassment scandals now dominating the US.

Macron and Trump are also at odds on the issue of the Iranian nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration, which the French leader wants to save.

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"Not to generalise, but women seem to have a better capacity than men do, partly due to their socialisation", said the 56-year-old Democrat who left office in January.

Others think Obama should still be president.

Macron has publicly disagreed with Trump about his stance on climate change and has lobbied him to reconsider his position and reevaluate U.S. funding cuts for the UN's IPCC climate science body.

The former President said as much during a meeting with "Les Napoleons" in Paris, and many on social media are sounding off.

If Trump hears that Obama just shaded him, it's possible that he will say that Obama's followers are fake. "We are confident the accord will be implemented", Hollande tweeted afterward.

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