UPDATED with Fox News statement: Fox News EVP Michael Clemente has responded with a comment: “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.”
PREVIOUS, 11 AM: In the interview to air today on CNN’s Amanpour, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the city will sue Fox News Channel after it was “insulted” by the cable news network’s characterizations of Muslim “no-go zones” in Europe — specifically in France and England. The city of Paris’ communications office confirmed Hidalgo’s plans to FranceTV saying she will seek “redress” following the Fox News reports which “attacked the honor and image of Paris.” A city source told French daily Libération that a complaint “will be filed in the coming days,” but a decision has not yet been made as to whether the filing will be in the U.S. or in France.
Fox News issued two separate corrections on its airwaves over the weekend for on-air errors made on Justice With Judge Jeanine last weekend by a so-called terrorism expert during discussions of the Muslim population in Europe. Steve Emerson erroneously described certain parts of England, France, Sweden and Germany as “no-go-zones” where non-Muslims are not allowed.
Here’s the transcript of the CNN exchange today. The full interview will air at 2 PM and 5 PM ET on CNNI:
HIDALGO: “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. 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.”
AMANPOUR: Can you clarify, which exact network you’re going to take to court and sue?
HIDALGO: “Fox News, that’s the name.”