Amid threats from the mayor of Paris to sue Fox News for “insulting” it’s image, Nigel Farage has stepped forward to fan the flames over the ongoing “no-go” zone row.
The channel landed in hot water for suggesting France is a hotbed of areas including popular tourist spot Place de la Republique and Boulevard de Magenta near major train station Gare de l'Est where non-Muslims dare not enter.
Speaking to CNN on Tuesday, Mayor Anne Hidalgo said: “When we’re insulted and 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.”
But while Fox News has apologised “to the people of France and England” for the claims, Farage has argued the matter is simply down to a “matter of semantics.”
“The French are always sensitive to criticism especially from America. It’s a matter of semantics. I’ve heard French politicians use the term no go zones.
“The point is whether it is the correct phrase there’s a massive problem with lack of integration in French cities.
“I am not in the least bit surprised by it [the threat to sue]. Most people will look at this and find it incomprehensible.”
Hidalgo said: “The image of Paris has been prejudiced, and the honour of Paris has been prejudiced. And I think in the great discussion of truth everyone is to play its role. And we’re going to have to be realistic and put things as they are.”
Responding to Hidalgo, Fox News has said: “We empathise with the citizens of France as they go through a healing process and return to everyday life. However, we find the Mayor’s comments regarding a lawsuit misplaced.”
Hannity asked: "Why would France, or another other country, allow Muslims who have come into the country to basically take over portions of that country? It seems like madness to me."
"It isn't just France," Farage said. "We've got no-go zones in most of the big French cities, we’ve been turning a blind eye to preachers of hate, that have been coming here from the Middle East and saying things that the rest of us would be arrested for."
Despite Fox’s apology for using the phrase – and an apology from guest Steve Emerson who claimed “there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in”, Farage is not alone in feeling adamant the term should still stand.
In spite of being repeatedly challenged by CNN reporter Max Foster, Jindal stuck to his guns, stating: “Look this is not a question, I know the left wants to make this into an attack on religion and that’s not what this is. What we’re saying is it’s absolutely an issue for the UK, it’s absolutely an issue for America and other European and Western nations.”