Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is planning to sue Fox News for its inaccurate reports on Muslim “no go zones,” she told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday. “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.” When asked to clarify which network she planned “to take to court and sue,” Hidalgo replied: “Fox News, that’s the name.” Hidalgo’s remarks come after Fox News ran multiple reports describing areas of Paris (and England) that were governed by Sharia law and off-limits to non-Muslims. The network has since apologized for making “regrettable errors on air regarding the Muslim population in Europe—particularly with regard to England and France.”
French hate speech laws include forbidding the incitement of hatred based on religion, ethnicity, and national origin. It’s not yet clear on what grounds the Paris mayor’s suit might be based.