My appologies for the vaugeness of the last post. Here is the full paragraph. If the rest of the text would be helpful, I will included it if need be.
No wonder crime has become the number-one worry of the voters. The French President recently advocated "zero tolerance", New York-style. As well he might: last year, according to one report, France overtook the United States in criminality, with 4,244 crimes per 100,000 people compared with the American figure of 4,135.