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Paris Mayor: We have to work on inequality

January 21st, 2015
11:19 AM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

Paris needs to tackle inequality, city mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday, almost two weeks after the worst terrorist attacks in a generation shook France.

“The youth of today, they need to have possibilities and we have to think about this. Paris is a city where there are inequalities but where we are working to manage them. We have to work on this seriously.”

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday that the country must address what has become "a geographic, social, ethnic apartheid.”

“Valls used very strong words,” Hildalgo said, “but it's true that there are a set number of towns, a set number of estates which are in a very precarious situation.”

She added that “today, the question turns around to education, the question of helping people, of inclusion, of cohesion for young people and of course, these are young French people.”

France deployed 10,000 troops and 8,000 police officers across the country in the wake of the shootings to counter the threat of potential terror attacks.

“First of all, we have to be very vigilant because for several months now, we know that jihadist teams have been setting up in Europe, and the European level the police have got together. And we, of course, remain highly vigilant. This is very important.”

“Our red alert is still enforced in Paris. We have soldiers; we have police, who have come to help and soldiers have helped the police as well.”

“And in any public places, and also in places where there are Jewish institutions, for example, synagogues and Jewish schools, I asked for mosques to be protected as well, because we have seen that, following these terrorist attacks, there were also targets.”

The Mayor of Paris also told Amanpour that she intends to sue Fox News over the network’s coverage of alleged “no go” zones for non-Muslims, which was “a very stupid thing to say.”

“That’s not how you solve problems. And that's why we are going to have to go against these words. It's insulting for Paris. It's insulting for - on the part of people who are, in fact, going against the honor of my city and that's why I'm going to attack it.”

"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."

When Amanpour asked the Mayor to clarify which exact network she plans to take to court and sue, she replied “Fox News. That's the name.”

“The citizens of Paris feel they've been insulted. That's the way they feel. They are complete lies. The press and the media should tell the truth.”


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