French journalist, documentary maker and television personality Hugo Clements was arrested following a blockade of the Abbot Point Coal Terminal.
French journalist, documentary maker and television personality Hugo Clements was arrested following a blockade of the Abbot Point Coal Terminal. Jordan Gilliland

MP calls for French TV crew to be deported after blockade

DAWSON MP George Christensen has penned a letter asking the Immigration Minister to consider deporting a group of French nationals who were arrested during an anti-coal blockade in North Queensland yesterday.

Bowen police arrested seven people following the Frontline Action on Coal protest during which two women allegedly locked themselves to a concrete barrel blocking access to the Abbot Point Coal Terminal.

The four French nationals aged 29, 30, 32 and 39 are understood to be high-profile French journalist Hugo Clement and his film crew.

The four were charged with trespassing on a railway.

Mr Christensen's calls for deportation come at the same time as a media union announced it would seek intervention from the State Government. 

AAP reported a Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance representative would contact Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath about the matter.

Police are at the scene, and with unconfirmed reports that four people have been arrested.
Police are at the scene, and with unconfirmed reports that four people have been arrested. Contributed

A statement from Mr Christensen's office said the vehemently pro-coal politician wrote to Immigration Minister David Coleman last night.

"These four French nationals ... were here to film for a program that engages in environmental political activism.

"I am sure that most of my constituents agree that these French environmental activists are not welcome here and I have written to Immigration Minister David Coleman asking him to consider deportation.

"I look forward to the minister's response."



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