Veteran Māori broadcaster says Hebdo "paid price for arrogance"

By Heeni Brown

Former Māori broadcaster Derek Fox has come under fire for comments he made on Facebook today saying the editor of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has "paid the price for his arrogance."

This comes following the attack on the newspaper offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France that resulted in the killing of 12 people.

A three-day mourning period has been declared for France, however, according to Derek Fox,  "the editor (Stephane Charbonnier) has paid the price for his arrogance" and we spoke to Stephen Wilson, a chef who lived in France for 26 years and knew Charbonnier.

“Well he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Totally off the wall, that’s a bit harsh what he’s saying. I know where he’s coming from but no that’s not even the truth of the matter. He doesn’t even know what these people are like,” says Wilson.

While some disagree with his statement, Fox isn't one to retract his views.

According to reports, 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad gave himself up and police are still searching for two brothers in their 30s, Said and Cherif Kouachi.

Prime Minister John Key is still on leave, but released a statement today saying, “There are currently no reports of any New Zealanders caught up in the attack, but New Zealanders in Paris have been advised to follow the advice of the local authorities.”