Confirmation by Air France has confirmed that it plans to cut 2,900 jobs prompted a violent reaction from part of the workforce.
A meeting of the works council near Charles de Gaulle airport north of Paris ended in chaos after being stormed by protesters.
Management says it intends to press charges after two senior directors were manhandled.
Pierre Plissonnier – the airline’s director at Orly airport – and Xavier Broseta – the head of human resources – had their shirts ripped from their backs.
Broseta escaped by climbing a fence. A union official says he almost got lynched.
Air France denounced what it called isolated acts of violence, acknowledging that the main staff protest had been peaceful.
The main employers’ association Medef called the attacks “unacceptable and scandalous”. The main airline industry union FNAM condemned the assault on Broseta as “behaviour which dates from another age”.
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