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.