Dozens of French politicians have taken to the streets in a Paris suburb in protest at Muslims holding Friday prayers in public.

The politicians disrupted some 200 worshipers who were holding prayers on a street in Clichy.

Police tried to keep the two groups apart, however, some clashes broke out.

The politicians were also wearing tricolor sashes of office and singing the French national anthem.

According to the critics, the prayers are an unacceptable use of public space in France, which has a strictly secular system.

However, the Muslim worshippers say they have nowhere else to hold prayers since the town hall took over their prayer room back in March.

France is home to five million Muslim – the largest Muslim minority in Western Europe.

“Public space cannot be taken over in this way,” said Valérie Pécresse, president of the Paris regional council, who led the protest.

Rémi Muzeau, the mayor of Clichy, urged the interior ministry to ban the street prayers.

“I am responsible for guaranteeing the tranquillity and freedom of everyone in my town.” Muzeau said.

Abdelkader, one of the worshipers, said they wanted a “dignified” place of worship.

“They were singing the Marseillaise, throwing it in our faces, even though we're French people here. We're French. Long live France!” he said.