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01 Dec 2016

BY Tom Parry

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Air France 'shirt-ripper' protestors found guilty

A trio of former Air France workers have been found guilty of ripping the shirts off the backs of two executives.

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A trio of former Air France workers have been found guilty of ripping the shirts off the backs of two executives

A court in France handed the men suspended sentences of three to four months for organised violence, after their attack on the airline bosses, who were fleeing a meeting about job cuts.

 

Two other Air France employees were found not guilty, while 11 were handed €500 fines for property damage, BBC News reports.

 

The incident took place in October 2015 during a protest by the airline’s staff over job restructuring plans at its headquarters in the Paris suburb of Roissy, near Charles de Gaulle Airport.

 

Protestors at the demonstration broke down a fence and invaded a boardroom at the facility which forced executives to flee.

 

Videos of the executives climbing over a fence to escape while protestors pulled at their shirts appeared online at the time.

 

Air France-KLM had been considering going ahead with around 3,000 job cuts and extending pilots’ working hours.

 

The proposal has since been dropped.

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