French tourist who slammed 'Nazi Zealand' fined, claims 'humiliation' over road sign tantrum

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A French tourist who made global headlines for a meltdown he suffered after spending four days trying to get a ride out of Punakaiki on the West Coast has paid up for damaging road signs and stealing a sleeping bag.

'Humiliated' French tourist who damaged signs in roadside tantrum grabs ONE News' microphone as he storms out of court
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Failed hitch-hiker Cedric Rault-Verpe wasn't in a talkative mood as he left court after paying for damaging signs and stealing a sleeping bag.
Failed hitch-hiker Cedric Rault-Verpe wasn't in a talkative mood as he left court after paying for damaging signs and stealing a sleeping bag.
Source: ONE News

It is believed the sign was damaged when Cedric Rault-Verpre threw stones at it in anger when he failed to hitch hike over the course of four days from the remote township.

The full amount of $3000 for the sign and $1000 for the sleeping bag has been paid.

His lawyer Andrew McKenzie says he is finding the situation intolerable, he is suffering humiliation and has been stopped in the street and abused following media coverage of his actions.

Rault-Verpre had his case transferred from Greymouth District Court to Christchurch District Court due to the hostility he faced from members of the public there earlier this week, Judge David Callaghan said.

During the 27-year-old's appearance, he clicked his fingers at his lawyer to get his attention.

He remained slumped against the defendant box wall throughout his appearance.

When he left court today Rault-Verpre refused to speak to waiting media and grabbed a ONE News microphone.

Mr McKenzie says the tourist has also been contacted by overseas friends who have seen stories about his actions here.

He has paid $2987 for the sign and $998.98 for the sleeping bag he stole from Kathmandu in Auckland.

Judge Callaghan accepted payment and discharged him given he has no other convictions.

His passport has been returned to him.

He had earlier told reporters that New Zealand should change his name to "Nazi" Zealand. 

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