Some senior managers of Air France were manhandled by angry striking workers by the airline on Tuesday. The angry workers, numbering up to 100, invaded the a board meeting of the airline’s senior management and attacked them, ripping their shirts.
Images showed one ashen-faced director being led through a baying crowd, his clothes torn to shreds. In another picture, the deputy head of human resources, Xavier Broseta, left bare-chested after workers ripped off his shirt and jacket, is photographed being pushed to safety over a fence.
The airline filed a criminal complaint after the employees stormed its headquarters, near Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, in what was condemned as a “scandalous” outbreak of violence.
The airline’s management were finalising a controversial “restructuring plan” in which 2,900 jobs would be cut – 1,700 ground staff, 900 cabin crew and 300 pilots.