Air France managers flee as protesters storm HQ over job cuts

Published: Monday 5th October 2015 by The News Editor

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Union activists protesting against proposed layoffs at Air France stormed the headquarters during a meeting, zeroing in on two managers who had their shirts torn from their bodies, scaled a fence and fled under police protection.

An Associated Press photographer saw about a hundred activists rush the building. The managers who fled included the head of human resources.

Air France-KLM chief executive Alexandre de Juniac announced on Friday that the company would have to cut jobs after failing to reach an agreement with pilots. French media reported a proposal to slash 2,900 jobs.

Mr de Juniac said the company was being squeezed by low-cost airlines in Europe and Gulf carriers for long-haul flights.

Monday’s meeting was intended to detail the cuts, which he told Europe 1 radio would be “significant”.

Published: Monday 5th October 2015 by The News Editor

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