Paris City Hall decided to launch a lawsuit over Fox News’ ‘no-go zones’ claim

February 12, 2015 4:09 am

Paris City Hall decided to launch a lawsuit over reports by US
channel Fox News that there were “no-go zones” in the French capital
that police and non-Muslims avoid.
In the wake of last month’s
attacks on Paris, Fox News aired reports, later widely derided, that
suggested parts of the French capital and Britain’s second city of
Birmingham were run under Islamic Sharia law.

 Steven Emerson has said sorry for his comment, but it was too late to stop the online lampooning.

The City Hall will launch a suit “against persons unknown” for defamation.
City mayor Anne Hidalgo said: “I will not accept insults against our city and its people.”
“What’s in question here is not fun or… a bad joke, it’s lies.”
Fox
broadcast a map outlining the so-called no-go zones, which a man
labelled as an expert, Nolan Peterson, said felt like Afghanistan or
Iraq.

A Fox news anchor later apologised for “some regrettable
errors on air regarding the Muslim population in Europe, particularly
with regard to England and .”
Asked last month about the
prospect of a lawsuit, Fox News executive vice president Michael
Clemente said: “We empathise 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.”

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