Paris mayor launches Fox hunt over "no-go" claims

The mayor of Paris has said she will sue Fox News over claims that part of the city are "no go" areas for non-Muslims.

Anne Hildalgo said the US network's claims, made in the wake of the terrorist attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, had insulted the people of Paris and affronted the city's honour.

"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," Mayor Hidalgo told CNN.  

Fox News has apologised for making "regrettable errors on air regarding the Muslim population in Europe".

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, he added that the mayor's comments about a lawsuit are "misplaced".  

Paris is not the only city to take exception to Fox's less than nuanced claims of "no go" areas where Sharia law is enforced and religious police beat those who do not wear "Muslim religious attire".

One contributor, Steve Emerson of Investigative Project on Terrorism, made a now infamous statement that Birmingham is "totally Muslim and non-Muslims simply don't go in".

He later apologised, saying he had "clearly made a terrible error".

But while Mayor Hildago is getting ready to hunt down Fox in the courts, Birmingham City Council said it has no intention of following (law)suit, saying the comments about it were "a bit bonkers" but it has now moved on.