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01/21/2015 10:40 am ET Updated Jan 21, 2015

Bill O'Reilly Blasts Paris Mayor's Plan To Sue Fox News

Get ready. Bill O'Reilly has some strong words for Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

During an interview Tuesday with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Hidalgo announced she plans to sue Fox News after the network "insulted" the image of the city with a bogus report on non-Muslim "no-go zones." Over the weekend, the network apologized four times for several unsubstantiated claims made on the air, but Hidalgo insisted that the city will "have to go to court in order to have these words removed."

O'Reilly hit back Tuesday night, calling the threat of legal action "ridiculous" and an "attention-getter," and took time to remind viewers that Hidalgo belongs to the Socialist Party.

"I didn’t have anything to do with this, but I will point out that the mayor is a socialist, that Fox News isn’t even seen in France, because they block it there,” he said. "So this is just an attention-getter, another playing to the left, that’s what this is. Suit’s going nowhere. It’s ridiculous.”

When commentator Bernie Goldberg pushed back, stating that "if any news organization has to apologize as many times as Fox has over this one issue, something is wrong,” O'Reilly attempted to shift the blame to Steven Emerson, the Fox News guest who made the initial "no-go zones" remark about Birmingham, England.

"It was the Birmingham, England, thing. It was different. It was a different issue there," O'Reilly said, adding that Fox News hadn't insulted Paris. "He doesn't work for Fox News. It was a commentator that they put on."

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