UN: France must do more to stop racism, refugee abuse

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PARIS (AP) — The U.N. human rights office says France is not doing enough to stop racism against minorities in poor suburbs or to prevent abuse of Roma people and migrants seeking asylum.

In a report released Friday, the Geneva-based agency also urged France to do more to fight online extremism and anyone who incites racist or anti-Semitic hatred. The government has been increasing its tools to do both since terrorist attacks in January.

The agency criticized "territorial ghettos" in poor suburbs where immigrants and minorities are concentrated and urged the government to better monitor and prevent discrimination there. It said the government should do more to stop politicians from inciting racial hatred, notably against Roma, also known as Gypsies.

The report's recommendations are not binding but put public pressure on governments.

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