Scare tactics of the right-wing media are targeted at white, nominally Christian American audiences who would most likely never travel outside the U.S, let alone in France, and they work to raise those fears. But they are gross exaggerations, something Fox News was forced to admit in a subsequent apology.
There are no French neighbourhoods controlled by Muslims where non-Muslims, even police, are forbidden to enter, and where Sharia Law has been implemented. This is a conspiracy that first arose after Fox News and notorious anti-Islam bloggers, Pamela Geller and Brigitte Gabriel, started promoting the myth:
To give herself more credibility, Brigitte Gabriel even provided the direct link to the French government website. She included a picture of a map in her title post, but this is just propaganda which I can easily prove to you.
I will now go through the list of ZUS with you, and show you what it really means for those who don’t speak French.
The French government has nominated certain areas as Zones Urbaines Sensibles (Zus). Included in these zones are some areas where crime and poverty might be high. This has been picked up by the U.S and other media. The official list can be found here.
It lists the department, town and districts. You need to click on rue_par_rue for each department.
Once you have clicked on the link, it will take you to a downloadable PDF file. Brigitte Gabriel only included a snapshot of a map from ‘carte’, to make the list seem like a legitimate list of no-go zones for non-Muslims.
Do you really believe the exact street address of where these ‘Muslims’ live would be publicly listed if this is a genuine compilation of no-go zones?
No, of course not. Releasing their address would get the French government into substantial legal trouble. Not only that, but how could Muslims be so powerful to turn Clinique la Pergola (a hospital) and rivière Allier (Allier river) into no-go zones?
Here are some of the streets on Google map:
Avenue Georges Clémenceau in the suburb of Cournon d’Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand:
Let’s look at Seine-Saint-Denis suburbs, which has the largest Muslim population in France. In Rue des Écoles, Aubervilliers:
In this list, we see it lists the RER B line in Saint-Denis, one of the five train lines in the Réseau Express Régional, a hybrid suburban commuter/rapid transit system serving Paris and its suburbs, and Adrien Agnès wharf in Aubervilliers:
Do you know what an Autoroute is? A motorway is a poverty-ridden Muslim infested no-go zone – well, according to Americans! When you scroll down to the very bottom of the list on the main page of the site, you will find the following completely exposes this U.S fallacy of French no-go zones:
Did you know that the main religion in Mayotte is Islam? The population is virtually entirely Muslim. Why would they need no-go zones there?
The following screenshot is from another Gatestone Institute article titled France Seeks to Reclaim ‘No-Go’ Zones:
The list off the French Government website includes Guyane, French Guiana, an overseas department and region of France on the northern Atlantic coast of South America, which borders Brazil.
The list of Zus are areas that don’t have a police station, an ANPE (job center), a metro, or bus. Certain areas have social housing that needs to be repainted. Road work needs to be done. There is still a long way to go. A lot of public money is being invested in these areas, such as new public transport projects i.e., metro or bus line, sports facilities etc. But the problem is primarily economic.
The so called no-go zones are urban areas drawn up by the French government as a prelude to a series of extremely large urban regeneration plans. Many of these areas have now been regenerated.
Sensitive urban areas were defined in the law as “areas characterised by the presence of large complexes or areas of degraded housing and an accentuated imbalance between housing and employment”.
The ZUS areas were created by the law Loi no 95-115 du 4 février 1995. We see the list of Zus mentioned in the French penal code, the exact same list from the French Government website mentioned by Brigitte Gabriel, Breitbart and Gatestone Institute:
There is a law that permits No-Go zones for non-Muslims in this country, really? No! They are spreading disinformation deliberately. It is done to support Rupert Murdoch’s goals, which are Zionist and conservative in nature. The media is a political tool used to support very specific political goals.