Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has threatened to sue Fox News over its erroneous reports that France and other European countries were plagued by Muslim-dominated “no-go zones” in which Sharia law held sway. “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 told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. As we argued earlier, such a threat contravenes ideals of free speech. And even though Fox News clearly erred, precisely what damages could Paris ever prove in a court of law? That Fox News viewers will be canceling their spring trips to Paris this year?

In any case, Fox News has responded to Hidalgo with this statement from Michael Clemente, the executive vice president of news at the network:
“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.” A bit mild, but that’s a start.