Paris City Council has authorized Mayor Anne Hidalgo to sue U.S. broadcaster Fox News for reporting there are “no-go zones” in the French capital where non-Muslims and police fear to venture.
Officials voted Wednesday to file a lawsuit at a French court for defamation regarding comments on Fox News and a map it broadcast with eight such so-called off-limit areas circled in red. The report came when Paris was on high alert after attacks by Islamic terrorists last month.
Fox was widely mocked for that report and for comments describing the English city of Birmingham as “totally Muslim.” The broadcaster later apologized for “some regrettable errors.”
Hidalgo vowed to “save Paris’s honor,” and stressed the importance of image for a top world tourist destination.
Fox News had no immediate comment.