Europe: a ‘no-go’ zone?

Le Petit Journal, a satirical, French television show on Canal+ has released a video in which two French comedians play the role of Fox News anchors who “braved the dangers” of Paris’s alleged ‘no-go zones’ to report on the situation on the ground.

The comedians’ sketch parodies comments made by terrorism analyst and ‘Fox News Expert’ Steve Emerson, who appeared on the January 10, 2015 emission of the Fox News program Justice with Judge Jeanine.

*Watch Le Petit Journal’s skit here.

Emerson outlined the ‘no-go zones’ as “sort of amorphous, they’re not contiguous necessarily, but they’re sort of safe havens. And they’re places where the governments, like France, Britain, Sweden, Germany – they don’t exercise any sovereignty so you basically have zones where Sharia courts are set up, where Muslim density is very intense, where police don’t go in”.

He continued, “there are actual cities like Birmingham [England] that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in”.

Emerson’s comments, and Fox News’ decision to initially stand by them (the show Fox and Friends broadcast a map of the alleged ‘no-go zones’ in Paris) sparked responses as varied as Le Petit Journal’s satirical sketch and high-profile public officials expressing their affront.

David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK, said that he “choked on his porridge” when hearing Emerson’s comments. Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, has considered suing Fox News for their reporting. “When we’re insulted, and when we’ve had an image, then I think we’ll have to sue, I think we’ll have to go to court in order to have these words removed”, she told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

Recently, several Fox News broadcasters have apologized for not correcting Emerson’s comments and for their reporting on the supposed ‘no-go zones’.

*With information from The Washington Post, The Guardian and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Le Petit Journal
Jan 2015