CNN Legal Team: Fox ‘News’ Is Screwed If They Don’t Settle Lawsuit Slapped Against Them By Paris

Fox “News” could be totally screwed if they don’t seek to settle a lawsuit filed against them by the city government of Paris, because French law is tough on slander. Says who? CNN’s legal team.

On Tuesday, a pair of CNN legal analysts advised Fox “News” to deal with the lawsuit against them as swiftly as possible or risk a serious loss in court.

Analyst Paul Callan pointed out that France doesn’t mess around when it comes to slander, citing a law passed in 1881 that could very well bring the hammer down on the conservative network.

Callan said:

“Under U.S. law, I would say there is no chance of bringing a defamation case against the Fox network. Under French law, however, if they can get jurisdiction over Fox, there’s a law from 1881 — believe it or not — that says if you insult the honor of a French body or person, you can sue for defamation. So under the 1881 French law, they might have a case against the Fox network in France.”

Danny Cevallos concurred, noting that French law literally criminalizes defamation and not reaching a quick settlement with Paris could result in Fox “News” losing a ton a money in what may end up being a long and drawn out legal battle.

Cevallos explained:

“If you want to defend a defamation lawsuit, it’s pricey, it’s costly, a lot of times you want those things to go away. People may be surprised to learn that the French, in fact, do not take such a liberal view of the First Amendment as do we. Of course, they don’t have a First Amendment, but they have laws criminalizing defamation. Whereas here in the United States, defamation is merely a civil action.”

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced the intention to sue Fox “News” during an interview with CNN host Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday morning. Hidalgo rightfully accused Fox of insulting the city of Paris and making false claims that have harmed the city’s image around the world.

Fox “News,” of course, responded to the lawsuit by calling it “misplaced” and expressed more false empathy for the French in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Fox vice president of news Michael Clemente said in a statement:

“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.”

Fox “News” could be faced with a huge legal price tag, as well as a huge loss in court, if they don’t seek a quiet settlement as soon as possible. The fact that Fox may get their asses handed to them by a country they have consistently mocked and characterized as weak is obviously entertaining to think about. After all, there’s a lot of video evidence proving that Fox constantly made false claims that some Paris neighborhoods are “no-go zones” with a 100 percent Muslim population that police are afraid to patrol. And as evidence that they knew their claims were all lies, Fox profusely apologized to France throughout the day on Sunday.

Sounds like Fox “News” was just trying to avoid this very kind of backlash. Hopefully, France will have the spine to pursue this lawsuit no matter how much Fox tries to bully their way out of it. Because after all the bullshit they have spewed on the air over the last two decades, it’s about time someone made them pay the price for it.


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