Fox News says Paris has unsafe Muslim-controlled “no-go zones” like Iraq, Afghanistan

The always-delightful Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck had a breathless report the other day about the deadly Islamic “no go zones” that can be found, she claims, all over France — and even in Paris!

Now, let’s step back for a moment and think about this. An American TV network is expressing surprise that foreign cities have neighborhoods so dangerous that regular law-abiding people don’t dare walk through them.

Yeah, you don’t find those in Amurika.

But I digress. Hasselbeck was horrified at how dangerous socialist France has become, so she invited an expert on France — some guy from New York City — to talk about these dangerous no-go zones.

And sure enough, New York guy confirmed that parts of Paris are like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Well, as you can imagine, French television was unamused by Fox News’ reportage. The wonderful French show “Le Petit Journal” investigated for itself, and found, unsurprisingly, that Paris has yet to be taken over by the Taliban.

The host, Yann Barthès, is a real trip. He calls Hasselbeck and her Paris expert “Barbie and Ken.”

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Now, as an aside before watching the video, I lived in one of these supposed “no-go” Al Qaeda zones in Paris. The one just south of Belleville in fact. Remember a few years ago when I had my retinal detachment in Paris, and I stayed for a few months at my artist friend Marcus’ studio? His studio is smack dab in the middle of Fox News’ “war zone.”

The yellow dot is Marcus’ place:

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Now, that area of Paris is certainly more colorful than, say, St. Germain. It is, among other things, a heavily Arab neighborhood. It’s also a heavily gay neighborhood. And not exactly Kabul gay — more Fire Island gay. The neighborhood is not dangerous, even by American standards.

And that’s another thing. It’s an interesting thing for an American to lecture a Frenchman about “dangerous neighborhoods.” Let me tell you a story about just how dangerous Paris is….

I was having dinner a few years back with some English friends, the Wests, in Paris. There kids, ages ranging from 16 to 23 or so, joined us, and it was a good old time. They’re a fun family — the parents are English, but the kids were raised in France, so the kids have varying degrees of French-inflected English (their youngest daughter has wonderfully French-accented English).

Anyway, we were having dinner, it was nearly midnight and we were just approaching the cheese course, when one of the kids asked me if life was “dangerous” in Washington, DC.  And I thought about it, trying to diplomatic, and explained that it wasn’t “dangerous” per se, but sure there were certain neighborhoods you ought to avoid at night (and even daytime), and that even in my neighborhood, which is an up-and-coming nook of DC’s already-gentrified Adams Morgan quarter, I watch myself walking home at night, but really it’s not THAT dangerous, I explained.

Then, I threw in, just as a parenthetical really, that, I mean, it’s not like it’s safe to walk home alone at 3am or something, but where can you?!

All the kids gasped.

“I walk home alone at 3am all the time in Paris,” one of the girls told me.

You see, even parts of America that we consider relatively safe are akin to a “no go” zone, as compared to life in Paris.

So it’s really particularly funny, and egregious, that Fox News would try to claim that Paris is like Iraq and Afghanistan. I’ve never had a dead body dumped behind my residence in Paris. I can’t say the same for Washington, DC.


Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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  • Damien LeGallienne

    Lived there for most of my life and everything Fox News said is true, except for the fact that you do not “talk” about these areas. They are like Area 51 in the USA. They are there but yet you pretend they do not exist.

  • dcinsider

    John, why do you hate America? ;)

  • Last night, Le Petit Journal did a pretty hilarious recap and ran the multiple “apologies” from various FOX talking heads and then had “John and Mike”, the FOX news reporters in the segment I posted earlier, apologise live in Paris, The Most Dangerous City in The Universe….Things went tragically wrong….I’ll try to post the link to the video when it goes up, but it was so funny, I’m sure it will take on a life of it’s own.

  • chicano2nd

    You are pretty dumb!

  • goulo

    Apparently FOX has since posted a retraction and apology for that absurd “no go zones” report!

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/fox-apologizes-for-muslim-no-go-zones-claim.html

  • Bill_Perdue

    I did.

  • 2karmanot

    Hilarious!

  • You should hit the link in my previous response…the same show that has been leading the response to this idiocy did a little presentation of their version of FOX reporters in Paris…it’s hilarious.

  • Mercy Me

    On French television they had a funny person-on-street interview with people in those areas. They were dumbfounded by the Fox accusations.

  • crazymonkeylady

    I have always dreamed of Paris. I will never be able to go (Poverty) but if I had a chance I would take it no matter what. Is Faux trying to scare people from going to France? I love France and hope they don’t let this horrible thing define the. Viva La France!

  • chicano2nd

    Per chance can you elaborate on the levels of hysteria, irrationality, personal attacks, distortions and lies you are referencing in the post you credit effectiveness of some level by the left. Please!

    Deal with it!

  • ckg1

    Cruz CANNOT run for President. Period. END OF DISCUSSION.

    Unless, that is, he can make the FACT that he was born in Calgary, Alberta, CANADA disappear. People born outside of the U.S. can’t run for President.

  • Butch1

    John King isn’t the “sharpest knife in the drawer” that’s for sure.

  • ckg1

    I’d love to hear how Charlie Brooker disses Fox. Hell, around the Boston Marathon bombing attacks, he ripped into CNN’s John King for his act during a live shot by referring to him as a “fuck-brained shit stirrer” AFTER turning said act on its ear. (The clip’s on YouTube; punch in Charlie Brooker Boston Marathon.)

  • Bill_Perdue

    The levels of hysteria and irrationality in personal, attacks, distortions and lies are an accurate measure of the effectiveness of the left in drawing people away drawing from Democrat, Dixiecrat and Republican politics.

  • emjayay

    The thin blonde conservo-bait contingent is represented on Fox pretty much 24/7. Often seen wearing mini skirted cocktail party type dresses while perched precariously on tall stools next to men in conservative suits and tie.

  • Mike F

    My opinion of my country and her military sinks once again. I guess those imported Nazis paid off for the oligarchy and the CIA.

  • Indigo

    It seems odd that Fox did not report all that. What does “fair and balanced” mean then?

  • 2karmanot

    Sounds like Detroit

  • 2karmanot

    So right! and don’t forget any American house with a yard flag bigger than a double-wide garage door.

  • 2karmanot

    Oklahoma and Kansas and anything South of Santa Barbara in California.

  • James Locquiao

    Going green?

  • This isn’t over by a long shot. FOX in their attempt to manipulate American opinion against the Obama Administration’s Immigration Reform has deeply insulted us. Barthes has SHUT THE FOX UP an ongoing feature on his program. This was just part of last nights program, but it was great: http://dai.ly/x2ex7xs

  • Badgerite

    Hey, John, may be time to break out the champagne. The Supremes are going to take up the Sixth Circuit decision. Let’s hope so. Why delay it any longer?

  • Badgerite

    That was kinda what I meant. The “stellar” part was snark.

  • Butch1

    So, Hasselbeck got a job as a “serious reporter?” Bwah hhhaaahahhhaaaaa!!! After being the conservative airhead on “The View?” I thought I recognized her. This job fits her to a “t.”
    I loved the video and “Barbie and Ken” fit both those frauds as well.

  • FLL

    I would certainly take that into account and write my comment differently if it was the representatives of Arab/Muslim governments that were commenting on this thread… but it’s not, it’s Bill Perdue, and I was responding to his argument about why Iraq and Afghanistan are unsafe. The question you will most likely ask is, “So why don’t you just write that as a reply to Bill’s comment rather than as an independent comment?” The reason is that some of Americablog’s moderators have implied that they would prefer that Bill and I not directly reply to each other’s comments. So I said OK. If you really insist, John Doe, we’ll ask the moderators again, since their request was from some time ago. I’m flexible.

  • John Doe

    And your point about ISIS is what? Not a single Arab or Muslim country supports ISIS except Saudi Arabia. So what point are you making?

  • Hasselbeck reads whatever the right wing givers her. It’s what she did on The View.

  • UncleBucky

    Like our own Aaron Schock? (Of Illinois fame). Now there is a “no go” zone…

  • UncleBucky

    South of a certain line is a no-go zone for some white people in Chicago, probably since the late 60s, early 70s. Yet, I’ve had to go through there and it’s rough but not a war zone. NOWADAYS, I dunno, since i don’t live there anymore.

    But Hasselbeck is nuts. I leave it at that. However, is she a one-woman crusade, or is she a front for such a crusade using her blonde hair, good looks, and red outfits as conservo-bait???

  • In fairness, Fox Noise in general considers any place where people speak a language other than accent-free American English as a place to avoid.

    Can’t say I’ve ever felt unsafe in Paris. Houston on the other hand…

  • FLL

    Exactly, except that I would change the word “once” in your comment to “if,” and I don’t think there’s much of a chance. Cruz isn’t the brightest light on the Christmas tree.

  • ComradeRutherford

    America has had No Go Zones for centuries. Here is dialogue from a movie from 72 years ago:

    Major Strasser: Are you one of those people who cannot imagine the Germans in their beloved Paris?

    Rick: It’s not particularly my beloved Paris.

    Heinz: Can you imagine us in London?

    Rick: When you get there, ask me!

    Captain Renault: Hmmh! Diplomatist!

    Major Strasser: How about New York?

    Rick: Well there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn’t advise you to try to invade.

  • ComradeRutherford

    These are photos of what the Evangelical Christians will do here in America once Ted Cruz wins the 2016 election.

  • ComradeRutherford

    The Nazis did win WWII, and only 35 years after they lost.

  • phred

    *Whew* Bill and Jeff, who used to live down the street from me, tried to convert me–apparently they hadn’t met their gay recruiting quota–but I just couldn’t afford the homosexual lifestyle. They eventually had to move away out of shame. Either that or they needed a bigger house for the two of them and their daughter.

    For the humor impaired: Oh please.

  • 2karmanot

    “Oh no! I might be assaulted and forced to wear matching belt and shoes!”—only in the upper East side—not to worry

  • phred

    To be fair, the arboretum isn’t in the best of neighborhoods. I’ve lived in worse (Bladensburg in the mid 1980s, where I was never attacked but I did have my truck broken into about once a year), but I’d hesitate to walk around there at night. When I moved to East Silver Spring in 1987, my auto insurance rates went down considerably.

  • phred

    >And not exactly Kabul gay — more Fire Island gay.
    Oh no! I might be assaulted and forced to wear matching belt and shoes! The horror. The horror.

  • FLL

    An ISIS-led Middle East would be safe? I suppose it depends on who you are, but it sure wouldn’t be safe for a man suspected of being gay or a woman suspected of adultery. Bill Perdue is letting his not-so-secret sexual agenda get the better of him. No, Bill, today’s pictures from Mosul, Iraq (below) show why Iraq and Afghanistan are unsafe. The first two pictures are of ISIS members throwing a man accused of being gay from the top of a high-rise building, and the third shows a woman who has just been stoned to death by ISIS members for alleged adultery. Apparently, Bill, you don’t care whether people ever take you seriously again. Fine. It’s your choice. From today’s article in The Daily Beast (link here):

  • Bill_Perdue

    Yes it is. They knew exaxctly what is was and why they were in Afghanistan.

    The bottom photo shows US troops using a boy for target practice. “‘Trophy’ pictures show US soldiers posing with corpses of Afghan civilians they are accused of killing for sport.” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/mar/21/afghanistan-trophy-photos-us-soldier

    http://archive.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20120209/NEWS/202090327/Marine-scout-snipers-used-Nazi-SS-logo

    The ‘pirate flag’ photo is from the Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/09/world/asia/09afghan.html?_r=0

  • Mike F

    The Fuck?! Is that an SS (Schutzstaffel) insignia?!

  • Bill_Perdue

    Although it affects all
    layers of workers poverty in this country is worse for people of color because
    of racism. It’s getting worse for all workers because of Democrat and Republican support for NAFTA like bills, deregulation, Biden’s reactionary
    bankruptcy bill and their joint attempt to gut entitlements.

  • I would add: poverty. But then, a counter point could be made that we wouldn’t have so much poverty… if not for the racism.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Iraq and Afghanstan are unsafe because there are American foces there.

  • Bill_Perdue

    All American cities are unsage because of racsit income gaps and racist killer cops.

  • Bill_Perdue

    American cities are unsafe because of racsim and racsit killer cops. End of story.

  • Demosthenes

    The majority of Chicago’s West & South sides come to mind.

  • Indigo

    We can top that. We have no-go states . . . Texas comes to mind, maybe Idaho and Arizona, Utah to an extent, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia . . . there might be others.

  • I say, big friggin deal!

    Let me tell you, there are unsafe “no go zones” all over DOZENS of American cities. In some cases, WHOLE CITIES.

    next.

  • Guest

    big friggin deal.

    Let me tell you, there are unsafe “no go zones” all over DOZENS of American cities. In some cases, WHOLE CITIES.

    next.

  • Demosthenes

    Its scared, elderly audience takes such nonsense at face value.

  • You know, Anders Behring Breivik called for action “before our major cities are completely demographically overwhelmed by Muslims.”

    His manifesto espoused the same ideas put forth by Sean Hannity, Andrew Breitbart, Pamela Gellar, etc.

    As a reminder, “Breivik’s meticulously planned attacks killed 77 people and left 319 people injured, many of them quite seriously”.

    http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/why-we-only-freak-out-about-brown

  • basenjilover

    Did “The View” dump clueless “Barbie”? Or did she leave voluntarily?

  • Demosthenes

    In the next segment, Fox “News” discussed “the Global Warming Conspiracy Hoax”. Its expert guests were Sens. Inhofe and Cruz. For balance, the Fox “News” panel included noted Democratic liberal and opponent of the coal industry W. Va. Sen. Manchin.

  • emjayay

    Great French video – thanks. Only Jon Stewart and related shows in the US do anything like that, but I don’t think any are as straight ahead investigative along with the snark (maybe John Oliver). I am shocked however that the team appeared to be getting into a Toyota Prius, not a Citroen, Peugeot, or Renault.

  • emjayay

    I believe that Fox pursues obviously false manipulative memes pretty much every minute of every day.

  • 2karmanot

    “Which Fire Island are we talking about?” The pines of course: tea dance, late afternoon nap, dinner at 11:00, ingestibles, bushes and bar. Somethings never change, even 15 minutes of fame.

  • 2karmanot

    Elisabeth Hasselbeck is the current FOX spokeswoman for the no brain zone. Lions and Tigers and Muslims….oh no!

  • CSmoderation

    I’m Parisian and there’s no go zone in our city. It’s a shame to say that.

  • caphillprof

    No place is safe. You can go to a school in Newtown CT or to a movie in Aurora CO or a shopping mall in Tuscon AZ or to the Walmart in Hayden ID or to an Ohio country club with the Speaker of the House

  • Badgerite

    :)

  • therling

    See how well a laugh track goes with Fox News?

  • Why would FOX pursue this obviously false manipulative meme? Last week it was Birmingham, England and to up the ante, Sean Hannity had an interview with Nigel Farage further hallucinating the NO GO ZONES in Europe. Answer? Well, the GOP agenda is to destroy the Obama administration’s Immigration Reform Policy in the USA. Blatant opportunistic Propagandists. You should stay tuned to Barthes, because tonight he is upping the ante. For a good laugh, check out Petersons, (the Ken impersonator) official hurt fee fees response on his official website…he can’t even honestly apologise when he tries to lamely apologise to the millions of emails FOX has received in response to his ideological sluttery. Stay tuned, because tonight, Barthes will up the bidding in this international bridge game. I hope this makes Barthes a big star, because the dude deserves it! Check out his special envoy reporter, Martin Weil, one of the best investigative reporters in the business!

  • DC is much better. It’s still not safe compared to a lot of cities. The dead body behind my condo two years ago pretty much re-proved that one to me.

  • Yes, it was nice to see that Fox hasn’t changed her in the least :)

  • Badgerite

    Hasselbeck continues her stellar work as a journalist.

  • And Fire Island has several communities. The gay ones are Cherry Grove and The Pines. Those are two very different communities so even if we are talking about right now, that’s not very specific. And as for DC, it is so gentrified now that even neighborhoods that might have been considered sketchy 10 years ago are now full of young professionals. This is nothing more than the result of fear mongering by the right. It reminds me of the recent poll where they asked people in various countries to estimate the percentage of their population who were Muslim and in every country they overestimated the number sometimes by as much as a factor of 3. There are some problems with Muslim minorities in Europe, but those can be addressed without the race baiting.

  • caphillprof

    If you watch the French response by Le Petit Journal, you might begin to see that the FOX problem was not that these areas of Paris are like Iraq and Afghanistan but that the underlying problem that makes them so very, very dangerous for FOX folk is that the are “working class” or very diverse in terms of ethnicity or religion or gender. FOX folk find all of Washington DC VERY dangerous. They find anything dangerous which isn’t white Baptist and dying Middle Class.

    Since 9/11 fear (which Franklin Roosevelt warned us about but I’m sure the Koch brothers do not permit American children to learn about these days–isn’t that what the home schooling movement is really all about, keeping our children ignorant white Baptist dying Middle Class?). The FOX propaganda machine equates fear of physical danger with fear of diversity–working class, dangerous; ethnically diverse, dangerous; gender diverse; dangerous.

    There are still white woman living in the DC suburbs who are afraid–afraid–to drive into the District in the middle of the day to go to the U.S. National Arboretum. There are wealthy white woman living in Chevy Chase who are afraid to drive in the middle of the day to the U.S. National Arboretum. There are well off, white guys, living in NW and Georgetown who will not come to the Eastern Market area for an assignation because it’s “not safe.” I remember years ago taking a very good walking tour of the French Quarter which ended at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop and we were warned that it was not safe to venture north of Bourbon–our hotel was five blocks north of Bourbon but then we were from DC!

    The other issue lurking is this proliferation of faux expert talking heads which all of the networks use to further their propaganda efforts. Free speech is one thing; but we need an organization certifying or decertifying “experts.”

    Finally, what is meant by the term “Fire Island gay”? Fire Island is very different decade by decade. The 1930s? 50s? 70s? 90? Today? Which Fire Island are we talking about?

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