It was chaos inside an Air France office building near Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris on Monday after protesting workers stormed an executive meeting and ripped off the shirts of managers who had announced their plan to fire more than 2,900 people.
According to multiple reports, the managers, who are seeking to reduce company costs, had decided to cut the jobs after workers refused an earlier, ‘less radical’ proposal, which was to compensate workers who would willingly quit their job.
The airline’s CEO Frederic Gagey had barely managed to leave the meeting when the angry workers stormed into the room, tearing the shirts of labor relations chief Xavier Broseta and assistant director of long-haul flights Pierre Plissonnier as they desperately tried to escape. The whole scenario was captured in photos, which are already making headlines.
A spokesman for the parent company Air France-KLM said later that it would take legal action over the ‘aggravated violence,’ adding, ‘This violence was carried out by particularly violent, isolated individuals, whereas the protest by striking personnel was taking place calmly up until then.
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