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Anger as academics say Greta, 16, ‘not sexy enough’

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LEADING French academics have been criticised for complaining 16-year-old climate campaigner Greta Thunberg is not sexy enough.

Bernard Pivot, 84, president of the Goncourt Academy — which awards France’s top literary prize — was branded a ‘fat misogynist pig’ after comparing the teenager to the Swedish girls he pursued in his youth.

‘In my generation, boys would run after les petites Suédoises, they had a reputation for being less stuck-up than French girls,’ he tweeted. ‘But I can imagine adolescent me being scared stiff of Greta Thunberg.’

Fellow intellectual, philosopher Michel Onfray, 60, said Ms Thunberg ‘makes you think of those silicon dolls heralding the end of humanity’.

He added: ‘She has the face, age, sex and body of a cyborg of the third millennium, her envelope is neutral, she is, alas, where mankind is heading.’

Climate campaigner: Greta Thunberg

Another philosopher Pascal Bruckner, 70, accused the teenager of having a ‘scary face’ and ‘flaunting her autism like a title of nobility’.

Last night, TV producer and women’s issues campaigner Yasmina Bennani hit back, saying: ‘Luckily, you are a species on the way to extinction.’