A French mayor and dozens of other MPs and elected councillors from around the Paris region sang the Marseillaise on Friday as they marched towards around 200 Muslim worshippers in a bid to stop them praying in the street.
The stand off which was caught in several video clips (see below) took place in the Paris suburb of Clichy on Friday afternoon.
Muslim worshippers had been using the square to pray in a protest against a recent decision by the mayor to close their usual prayer hall nearby, which had welcomed up to 5,000 Muslim worshippers each day.
Authorities opened a new mosque for the community, but it was 1.5km away and worshippers said it was hard to reach. Their Friday protests have been aimed at pressuring the local council to agree to open a prayer hall in the centre of Clichy.
#Clichy Toujours plus loin dans le surréaliste : ce sont bien des élus avec leurs écharpes qui ont tenté d'aller bousculer les fidèles. Mouvement de foule, bousculade, chutes… Les gendarmes s'interposent. pic.twitter.com/I131eryIMq
— Théo Maneval (@TheoManeval) November 10, 2017