The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, had said that she’s planning to sue Fox News for inaccurate reporting of “Muslim no go zones”.
She said “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 … The image of Paris has been prejudiced, and the honor of Paris has been prejudiced.”
Fox News had originally run a report describing areas of Paris and the UK inaccurately as being governed by Sharia law and therefore “off-limits to non-Muslims”. The remarks made by Fox News caused international condemnation. They have apologised for the remarks, saying “regrettable errors on air regarding the Muslim population in Europe—particularly with regard to England and France.”
“This applies especially to discussions of so-called ‘no-go zones,’ areas where non-Muslims allegedly aren’t allowed in, and police supposedly won’t go,” anchor Julie Banderas said in one on-air apology. “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.”
Fox News has yet to weigh in on the matter, and spokesperson Irena Briganti has yet to respond to a request for comment.
Fox News’ coverage of the “no go zones” was widely mocked by Parisian comedy programs such as Le Petit Journal, France’s equivalent to The Daily Show. One segment featured Le Petit Journal staff visiting the “no go zones” in question, only to find typical Parisian citizens living typical Parisian lives.