A UN rights watchdog group on Friday rapped France over its treatment of the Roma and its failure to tackle growing hate and xenophobic speech.

The report by an independent group of experts said while France had adopted a national action plan to fight racism and anti-Semitism on April 15th, there was lots left to be done.

"The committee is concerned by the recrudescence of hate and xenophobic speech in certain political circles and the media which contribute to the trivialisation of racism and xenophobia," a report said.

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