Some people believe that certain neighborhoods in Western countries have been taken over by Muslims, who have instituted Sharia law and turned them into “no-go zones” for everyone else. According to Snopes, it’s not true, but I was disquieted to discover the existence of the Zone Rouge in France, a real no-go zone, since it is still contaminated from the First World War fought there a century ago. Here is the Wikipedia map:
A MessyNessy photo essay on the Zone Rouge was published in May. It begins:
When you imagine France and its scenic countryside, you might think of the picturesque villages, vineyards a plenty and endless rolling green hills to drive through on a blissful summer road trip. But there’s one corner of this scenic country that no one has been allowed to enter for nearly a century, known as the “Zone Rouge” (the red zone)…
Around 100 square kilometers (roughly the size of Paris) is still strictly prohibited by law from public entry and agricultural use because of an impossible amount of human remains and unexploded chemical munitions yet to be recovered from the battlefields of both world wars.