French actress Juliette Binoche, 44, has slammed the US for its obsession with “youth and big breasts.”

Older women are considered beautiful in her home country and do not feel under pressure to go under the knife to maintain their looks.

“Personally I’ve always thought French women bloom at 40 and for me it’s completely true. In France, beauty is much more subtle – and there is a greater acceptance of age.

“Whereas in America, they think youth and big breasts define beauty. We think it’s more about looking after yourself than going down the artificial route.”

She added that cosmetic surgery reveals women’s desperation to cling to their youth, saying: “Botox makes people look older. You look at women who have had it, you see the fear of ageing on their face.”

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