Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is threatening to sue Fox News after “terrorism analyst” Steve Emerson claimed there are “no-go zones” in Paris, as their are in Birmingham. There is virtually no chance that Fox News will be sued in the U.S., but there is a law from 1881 in France that they could sue on those grounds for the insult.
Mayor Hidalgo leveled the threat during an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday. 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.”
Hidalgo added, “The image of Paris has been prejudiced, and the honor of Paris has been prejudiced.”
Emerson, who claims to be an expert on Islamic extremist groups, appeared on Fox News “Justice” show, hosted by Jeanine Pirro, following the Paris terrorist attacks. He claimed that Birmingham, which is located 100 miles from London, was a “totally Muslim city where non-Muslims don’t go in.”
Steve Emerson also said, that in “parts of London there are actual Muslim religious police who beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn’t dress according to Muslim religious attire.”
Prime Minister David Cameron dismissed Steve Emerson as an “idiot.” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is digging in on the assertion that no-go zones exist, even when confronted by CNN correspondent Max Foster in London on Monday.
Fox News personalities have been apologizing profusely since the network was ridiculed on social media for the comments.
Here’s Steven Emerson’s full interview on “no-go zones:”
Watch Bobby Jindal dig in on “no-go zones” comments: