(Updated at 2.30 p.m. PT with a statement from Fox News.)
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour her city will sue Fox News over inaccurate statements that were made on the network surrounding “no-go zones” for non-Muslims in France.
“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,” Mayor Hidalgo said.
“The image [statements made on Fox News] of Paris has been prejudiced, and the honor of Paris has been prejudiced. And I think in the great discussion of truth everyone is to play its role. And we’re going to have to be realistic and put things as they are.”
The Mayor also tweeted about Fox Tuesday morning.
Je suis bien sûr choquée par la bêtise stigmatisante de Fox News : @BilldeBlasio et moi irons d’ailleurs dans le 19e cet après-midi
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) January 20, 2015
Translation: “I am of course shocked by the stupidity stigmatizing Fox News: BilldeBlasio and I will go elsewhere in the 19th this afternoon,” she tweeted during a visit with New York City’s mayor.
Later on Tuesday, Michael Clemente, EVP of News, Fox News said in a statement to TheWrap: “We empathize with the citizens of France as they go through a healing process and return to everyday life. However, we find the Mayor’s comments regarding a lawsuit misplaced.”
Hidalgo had been referring to multiple statements made on the network alleging certain areas in England and France are exclusively inhabited by Muslims where non-Muslims don’t go.
“In Britain, it’s not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in,” executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Steve Emerson, said on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine” Jan. 10th in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
In response, a hashtag #foxnewsfacts lit up with users attaching and mocking the network for the claims made on-air.
Fox News issued multiple corrections Saturday for the errors.
“Last week on this program, a guest made a serious factual error that we wrongly let stand unchallenged and uncorrected,” Jeanine Pirro said. “The guest asserted that the city of Birmingham, England, is totally Muslim and that it is a place where non-Muslims don’t go. Both are incorrect.”