Mayor of Paris (James Taylor’s sound tech) to sue Fox over ‘no-go zone’ comments

Mayor of Paris (James Taylor’s sound tech) to sue Fox over ‘no-go zone’ comments

[Ed. – But she looked like such a nice person, up there holding the microphone for James Taylor.]

CNN (Gregory Wallace and Brian Stelter) reports:

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNN Tuesday she intends to sue Fox News in the wake of the channel’s coverage of supposed “no-go zones” for non-Muslims.

Hidalgo said the channel had “insulted” her city. …

This sort of claim, even cast as a libel claim, certainly wouldn’t be allowable in the United States. Government entities are categorically barred by the First Amendment from suing for libel; it’s not just that they have to show that the speaker knew the statement was likely false (the standard for lawsuits by government officials) — they can’t sue at all. …

[T]hough such a French judgment couldn’t be enforced in American courts, because it doesn’t comport with First Amendment norms, Fox likely has assets in France that perhaps could be seized.

But if you want to further “prejudice” the “image” of Paris — and France more generally — in the United States, it’s hard to imagine a better means than by suing it on these grounds.

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