LONDON – The mayor of Paris plans to sue Fox News for its reporting on the city in the wake of the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
â€œWhen weâ€™re insulted, and when weâ€™ve had an image, then I think weâ€™ll have to sue, I think weâ€™ll have to go to court, in order to have these words removed,â€ Mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNNâ€™s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday. â€œThe image of Paris has been prejudiced, and the honor of Paris has been prejudiced.â€
She was responding to remarks on Fox News that there were â€œno-go zonesâ€ in Paris where non-Muslims and even police were afraid to go. Fox and Friends even broadcast a map outlining seven such zones.
Paris is not the only European city to be maligned in this way. Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana and a possible contender for the 2016 presidential election, told a group of British MPs that similar â€œno-go zonesâ€ â€“ where Sharia law trumps British law â€“ have appeared across the UK.
Previously, Steve Emerson, a â€œterrorism expertâ€ talking-head also on Fox News, went one step further, labelling Birmingham â€“ a city of more than a million people â€“ as being a place where â€œnon-Muslims simply donâ€™t go inâ€.
A spokesperson for Birmingham city council told the Guardian that they were not considering joining Paris in their lawsuit.
Fox News have been roundly mocked for their comments. A French satirical TV show called Le Petit Journal ran a segment ribbing the network, and in Birmingham, users took to Twitter with the joke hashtag â€œ#FoxNewsFactsâ€.
UK prime minister David Cameron told ITV news that he â€œchoked on his porridgeâ€ when he first heard the comments, before saying that Emerson was â€œclearly an idiotâ€.
In a statement on 11 January, Emerson apologised unreservedly for his comments, saying he â€œmade an inexcusable errorâ€, and several Fox News shows issued on-air apologies.
Fox News did not respond to a request for comment. – The Guardian