Anti-racism organisations in France are demanding the government launch a swift crackdown against far-right groups, following the storming of a mosque in the west of the country.

In strongly worded statements released on Sunday, two of France's most high-profile racism watchdogs and a Muslim organisation asked the government to ban extremist groups, close their websites and prosecute individuals for inciting racial hatred.

The call from the Movement against Racism and for Friendship between People (MRAP), SOS Racism and the Union of Muslims in France (RMF) comes a day after around 70 members of a youth far-right group known as Generation Identity occupied a newly built mosque in the town of Poitiers.

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