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LONDON — In a foreign policy speech delivered Monday in London, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said that in the West, “non-assimilationist Muslims establish enclaves and carry out as much of Sharia law as they can without regard for the laws of the democratic countries which provided them a new home.”
The Republican governor added that “it is startling to think that any country would allow, even unofficially, for a so-called ‘no-go zone’.”
Jindal remarks came during an address to the Henry Jackson Society in a committee room at the U.K.’s House of Commons with several British members of parliament attending.
His comments regarding the alleged "no-go zones" came just days after Fox News corrected similar language in its broadcasts regarding Muslim enclaves in Europe.
During the Saturday night program "Fox Report," anchor Julie Banderas said, “To be clear, there is no formal designation of these zones in either country and no credible information to support the assertion there are specific areas in these countries that exclude individuals based solely on their religion.”
The notion was first reported on the network during the Jan. 10 edition of "Justice with Judge Jeanine,” during which terrorism analyst Steve Emerson spoke of "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.”
On Saturday, host Jeanine Pirro issued an on-air correction that “a guest made a serious factual error that we wrongly let stand unchallenged and uncorrected."
In his speech, Jindal warned attendees that he was going to say things that would not be deemed politically correct. “So brace yourselves,” he said, noting that he had no interest in defaming any religion, but “dealing with reality and facts."
“And the fact is that radical Islamists do not believe in freedom or common decency nor are they willing to accommodate them in any way and anywhere,” he said.
Jindal is traveling through Europe on a 10-day economic development mission that could also bolster his foreign policy credentials as he considers a possible presidential campaign.
"We spent several days here, had the chance to meet with several elected leaders and what you hear from them, for example, these so-called no-go zones,” he told NBC News in an interview. “I think it's a mistake for any country to allow the development of areas within their country, whether it's neighborhoods or other areas, where the same laws, the same values, the same rules, simply don't apply."
Jindal told NBC News that he and his family would make a decision to run in the 2016 presidential campaign in the next few months.