Parisian mayoral candidate Frederic Pechenard insinuates that the Bronx is a hotbed for violent crime

A comment made by a French politician is causing controversy across the Bronx.

A comment made by a French politician is causing controversy across the Bronx. (12/19/13)

THE BRONX - A comment made by a French politician is causing controversy across the Bronx.

According to published reports, just months before mayoral elections in Paris, running candidate and police chief Frédéric Péchenard compared the French capital to the Bronx, in a reference that implies the Bronx is a hotbed for violent crime.

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. countered the comment in a statement saying that the old stereotypes of the Bronx continue to unfairly cloud the minds of people as far away as Paris, France.

He went on to say that people in the Bronx have had enough, and that crime has been steadily decreasing, noting that last year, the Bronx had the lowest rate of crime it has seen since the early 1960s.

He says that this year, the borough is on pace to be even safer.
 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A study says 88 percent of walking trips 1 Word on the Street: Walking with GPS
VIDEO: Suspected gang members arrested in the Bronx 2 VIDEO: Suspected gang members arrested in the Bronx
3 Bronx Sportscast, April 17
4 Bronx Sportscast, April 24
5 Word on the Street: Dating apps and self-esteem

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE