The City Council of the French city of Paris have voted to continue their lawsuit against Fox News. The legal fight comes from the Murdoch owned news giants allegations that the city of Paris allowed so-called “no-go zones,” which were areas of the city which non-muslims were not allowed to enter.
Last month Fox News host Julia Banderas apologized on behalf of her network.
“To be clear, there is no formal designation of these zones in either country and no credible information to support the assertion there are specific areas in these countries that exclude individuals based solely on their religion,” she said.
This coming after Fox News host Sean Hannity and others repeated that there were “something like 750 [no-go zones] nationwide.”
Fox News terrorism expert Steve Emerson said “There are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.” In response to which, British Prime Minister David Cameron said “This guy’s a complete idiot.”
The outcry, and the retractions from Fox News however have not stopped some American politicians from running with the idea. Two days after Fox News’ retraction Louisiana Governor and possible Republican Presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal said in London “we all know there are neighborhoods where police are less likely to go into.”
“You need to have proper, sort of, facts to back that up,” said CNN’s Max Foster while interviewing Jindal “I’ve lived here a long time. I don’t know of any no-go zones for non-muslims . . . you need to give me the area, so we can look at it, because I haven’t heard of one.”
“I think your viewers know there are absolutely places where the police are less likely to go.” said Jindal in response and left it at that.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has said that her city will seek damages in its lawsuit against Fox News for their assertions of no-go zones in her city, to which the news outlet said they would “invoke every protection” at it’s legal team’s disposal to fight the case.
Fox received widespread criticism for their no-go zones assertion. The French satirical TV Show Le Petit Journal took it upon themselves to go out to these so-called no-go zones to interview citizens under siege to see what it was like living under Muslim domination in Paris. Checkout their video below.
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