France: Politicians try to stop Muslim street prayers by singing national anthem

France: Politicians try to stop Muslim street prayers by singing national anthem
French politicians sing preemptive 'Marseillaise.' (Image: Screen grab of Twitter video)

Dozens of French politicians sang the national anthem Friday as they marched into a gathering of around 200 Muslim worshippers in Paris.

A mayor, members of parliament and local councilors protested weekly Muslim street prayers in the neighborhood of Clichy. Demonstrators walked under a banner reading “Stop Illegal Street Prayers”as they tried to push worshippers out of the town’s market square.

Riot police had to separate the groups to avoid a potentially violent confrontation.

The square has been used by worshippers every Friday for nine months after a prayer hall was shut down by local authorities. A new mosque opened about a mile away from the old location but some complained about it being too hard to reach.

“The public space cannot be taken over illegally,” Valerie Pecresse, president of Île-de-France, according to The Local. “We are in a country where we do not pray in the street, the rules of law are being flouted.”

Populist leader Marine Le Pen also weighed in to show support for the protests.

“The Republic must go on the offensive in the face of Islamist provocations,” Le Pen said in a tweet. “What is the Minister of the Interior waiting for to restore public order and secularism? Laxity is not an option.”

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This report, by Jacob Bojesson, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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