Improved access to porn movies across Europe's many borders is one of the merits of the European Union, conservative party chief Joseph Daul said Tuesday.

The French member of the European Parliament has headed its biggest group since 2007, the European People's Party (EPP).

Asked by a local French newspaper how he convinced young voters to go to the polls in May's European Parliament elections, Daul offered freer movement across borders as one convincing argument.

"I tell them that at their age, when I was 18, when I wanted to go to Kehl (across the border in Germany) to see porno movies that were banned in France, you had to wait two-and-a-half hours to get through customs.

"You'd get to the cinema and the film was already finished," he told Les Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace newspaper.

"And one out of every couple of times I'd realise I'd forgotten to bring deutschmarks!

"When you explain it that way to youngsters they understand straight away what Europe means."

The quotes were part of a long interview by 67-year-old Daul, who grew up in the region near the German border.

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