It looks like the United States isn’t the only country with unhinged union activists. After job cuts were recently announced at Air France, angry union activists actually ripped the clothes off the bodies of airline executives.

The Associated Press reports via NBC News:

Air France Execs Lose Shirts as Union Activists Attack

Union activists protesting nearly 3,000 proposed layoffs at Air France stormed the headquarters during a meeting Monday, 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 after breaking through a gate. Shortly afterward two high-level managers fled, one bare-chested and the other with his shirt and suit jacket shredded.

Road access to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris was briefly disrupted, and some flights suffered delays. Although Monday’s scuffle was unusually violent, labor relations in France are commonly testy, with unions sometimes even resorting to holding managers hostage — or “boss-napping” — to make a point.

Air France denounced the violence and said it will push ahead anyway with its restructuring plans, after failing to reach an agreement with pilots.

Here’s a video report from CNN:

French President François Hollande is not pleased.

Sofia Melo reports at Politico:

Air France violence ‘hurts country’s reputation’

Footage of two Air France bosses with their shirts ripped off fleeing from an angry mob has damaged France’s image, President François Hollande said Tuesday.

The two executives were attacked as they tried to escape from workers who had stormed a management meeting in protest at job cuts announced on Monday.

“Social dialogue counts,” Hollande told journalists during a trip to a naval college in Le Havre. “When it is disrupted by violence, by protests which take unacceptable forms, we see that it can have consequence on the image, on the attractiveness” of France.

These men were forced to climb a fence in tattered clothes to escape the mob:

Featured image via YouTube.


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