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Polish European lawmaker suspended over sexist remarks

FILE - In this file photo taken Friday, March 10, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland, Polish lawmaker of the European Parliament, Janusz Korwin-Mikke speaks to The Associated Press about his controversial views. The European Parliament suspended a Polish lawmaker for 10 days on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 after he said during a debate that women should earn less than men because they are weaker, smaller and less intelligent. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)

FILE - In this file photo taken Friday, March 10, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland, Polish lawmaker of the European Parliament, Janusz Korwin-Mikke speaks to The Associated Press about his controversial views. The European Parliament suspended a Polish lawmaker for 10 days on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 after he said during a debate that women should earn less than men because they are weaker, smaller and less intelligent. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)  (The Associated Press)

The European Parliament has suspended a Polish lawmaker for 10 days after he said during a debate that women should earn less than men because they are weaker, smaller and less intelligent.

Parliament President Antonio Tajani said Tuesday that Janusz Korwin-Mikke will be suspended from parliamentary activities for 10 days, forfeit lawmakers' daily subsistence allowance for 30 days and be banned from representing the legislature for a year.

During a March 1 debate on the gender pay gap Korwin-Mikke, a radical right-winger who leads a marginal party, said: "Of course women must earn less than men because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent."

Tajani said he "will not tolerate such behavior" and added that "by offending all women, (Korwin-Mikke) displayed contempt for our most fundamental values."