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14 con­victed in Air France bosses’ ripped-shirt case

A French court has con­victed 14 cur­rent and for­mer Air France work­ers of tak­ing part in vi­o­lence dur­ing a union protest last year at the air­line’s head­quar­ters that saw two com­pany ex­ec­u­tives flee over a fence with their shirts ripped off.

The images of the shirt­less man­agers spread around the world and came as an ex­treme ex­am­ple of the of­ten-tense labour re­la­tions in France.

The judges out­side Paris yes­ter­day sen­tenced three men to three-to-four month sus­pended terms for ag­gra­vated as­sault. Eleven were given a €500 fine for prop­erty dam­age. Two peo­ple were ac­quit­ted. All were fac­ing up to three years in prison and a €45,000 fine. The vi­o­lence erupted in Oc­to­ber 2015 as ex­ec­u­tives were an­nounc­ing nearly 3,000 job cuts dur­ing a union meet­ing.

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