French anti-racist campaigners are up in arms after a controversial broadcaster claimed that "gangs of Chechens, Roma, Kosovars, Maghrebins and Africans" are wreaking havoc across France.

The umbrella group of French black organisations, Cran, has reported radio commentator Eric Zemmour to the national broadcasting authority over the comments, made on private radio station RTL, claiming that they are an "implicit call for ethnic cleansing".

Contemporary France, "deprived of the protection of its old borders", is subject to "raids and pillage", Zemmour declared in a broadcast on Tuesday.

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