Another ‘Expert’ Embarrasses Fox: Muslim ‘Ghettos’ Have Turned France Into Post-9/11 Afghanistan (VIDEO)

Fox News has once again embarrassed itself by relying on an “expert” whose knowledge of anything related to Muslims is almost farcical.  The network was recently mocked after terrorism “expert” Steve Emerson described Birmingham, England as “totally Muslim” and claimed that “non-Muslims simply don’t go in.”

In reality, the city is just over 21 percent Muslim, and over 46 percent of the population is Christian. Around 19 percent claim no religious affiliation.

Unsatisfied with the hilarious beatdown the internet provided to the faux news network (which the humiliated “expert” compared to “waterboarding“) on Twitter and in other places, Fox attempted to one-up itself with an even more moronic claim from “expert” Nolan Peterson.

Peterson, a journalist, says that what he calls Muslim “no-go-zones” have created an atmosphere in Paris that is similar to Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks in America and Iraq during the war:

“There are 741 no-go zones throughout France, and they’re located in these ghettos that have formed around the major cities. There are basically neighborhoods where French Muslims have coalesced because they can’t find housing or economic opportunity within the major French cities.”

And, of course, these 741 Muslim hellholes are terrible places where people love Osama Bin Laden and hate freedumb:

“It was pretty scary. I’ve been to Afghanistan and Iraq and Kashmir, India, and at times, it felt like that, those places in these no-go zones. You see young men wearing Osama bin Laden T-shirts in a hookah shop. I saw a speech by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was leading an insurgency against American troops in Iraq at the time.”

Fox host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked Peterson what should be done to fix the situation, based on his “great experience both in military, in writing, in travel.”

While Fox’s latest “expert” feels that there is no easy answer, a “top-to-bottom shakedown of French society and culture” would do the trick.

Hasselbeck asked if he felt that “‘no-go zones’ should be a ‘no’,” to which Peterson replied:

“Oh, they should definitely not allow those to exist. We didn’t allow Afghanistan to exist as a no-go zone of Islamist recruitment after 9/11, and that’s essentially what the French are letting happen in their own country, are places where Islamists can freely recruit, without any danger of prosecution, young disaffected Muslims into their ranks.”

After Emerson’s gaffe about everyone in Birmingham being a Muslim, fact checking website Snopes investigated the “no-go zone” claim.

Snopes noted that the myth of “no-go zones” seems to stem from  “translation confusion over what are known as ‘zones urbaines sensibles‘ (ZUS) or ‘sensitive urban zones’ in France.”:

While some pockets of citizenry (including high-density Muslim populations) in France have indeed been identified as ZUS, and the term is not a designator for large populations of Muslims. Rather, the highlighted areas are ones that have been afflicted with issues such as crime, poverty, unemployment, and blight and are therefore targeted for urban renewal initiatives.

Watch the video, below:

Website Paris By Mouth has already leaped on the opportunity to troll Fox News over its latest “expert” claims:

The reliably cynical Fox News network has been broadcasting an interview with Nolan Peterson, a supposed security expert and confirmed bozo who has declared Paris to be dotted with “No-Go Zones” where “in just a ten-minute cab ride from the Eiffel Tower, you can be walking through streets that feel just like Baghdad.”

Baghdad, eh? How wonderful for Baghdad if their streets are also filled, as these districts are, with modern bistros, craft breweries, natural wine haunts, vegan cafés, and spots for Philly cheesesteak. Not to mention a place that ranks among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and a bakery that won the Best Baguette in Paris competition.

Inspired by a rebuttal by Sened Dhab, we decided to plot all of the wonderful restaurants, bars and shops that fall within these unterrorized borders. They are some of the most vibrant quarters in Paris and you shouldn’t hesitate for a single moment to visit.

Helpfully, the site mapped some of the best “no-go” cuisine in shareable map — for those who like their meal with a side of propaganda-fueled imagined danger:


One of the bakeries listed, Au Duc de la Chapelle (in “no-go District 4”), is a great place to snag some “terror bread,” as it won the Best Baguette in Paris competition in 2008.