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.