The locales are known as Zones Urbaines Sensibles — Sensitive Urban Zones. That means that these areas are off limits to French authorities.
The latest tally is that there are 751 such French conclaves, per whispur. They are listed in one long WebPage. There street addresses are typed. Map locations are provided. It is that bizarre.
"The ZUS came into existence in late 1996. Nearly 5 million people live in them. For
an insight into how bad things are, the police in Lyons demonstrated on Nov. 9,
denouncing ‘violence against the forces of order.’ Things have reached a pretty
sad state when the police have to demonstrate in the streets against the criminals."
The flip side of no-go zones is extending Islamic law, the Shari‘a, which is also taking
place in Europe. In Italy, for example, hudud punishments have included the cutting of limbs by vigilantes acting on behalf of unofficial qadis. According to a BBC Radio 4 program, Islamic law is gaining in parts of Britain.