Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said in an interview Tuesday that she plans to sue the American network Fox News after it broadcast inaccurate reports on Muslim “no-go zones” in the French capital, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks.
Her comments, which aired on CNN, come in the wake of multiple Fox News reports that describe areas of Paris as off-limits to non-Muslims and governed by Shari’a law, reports that were untrue and for which the network later apologized.
“When we’re insulted, and when 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,” Hidalgo told Amanpour in an interview. “The image of Paris has been prejudiced, and the honor of Paris has been prejudiced.”
Fox’s coverage of no-go zones was widely mocked by Parisian comedy programs. The network has since retracted its reports.
Michael Clemente, executive vice president at Fox News, responded Tuesday to Hidalgo’s remarks. “We empathize with the citizens of France as they go through a healing process and return to everyday life,” he said. “However, we find the Mayor’s comments regarding a lawsuit misplaced.”