Dozens of Muslims held a protest against the mayor of a Paris suburb for "interfering" in their religion after their imam was banned from preaching at a local mosque.

Gathering outside the town hall in Epinay-sur-Seine, north of Paris, on Saturday, protesters held placards that read "Muslims, shut your mouths, Hervé Chevreau will decide for you" and "Hervé Chevreau: Mayor or Imam?"

The controversy started two years ago, when the local council in Epinay funded a 700-square-metre prayer room costing €2.8 million, and handed control of it to a Muslim association linked to the Grande Mosquée de Paris, the OGME.

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