These photos show Air France executives having their clothes ripped off as they escape angry employees

Last week, Air France executives announced plans to shed 2,900 jobs in a restructuring.

On Monday, angry staff, waving banners and flags, stormed a meeting about the job cuts. Air France executives fled from employees unhappy with the decision.

Television channels showed Xavier Broseta, the airline human-resources and labor-relations chief, being “jostled, his shirt ripped off, and his tie hanging from his neck,” as he fought through crowds of irate employees, Reuters reported.

“Broseta and Air France Chief Executive Frédéric Gagey had been detailing a ‘Plan B’ to reduce costs at the carrier after negotiations with pilots and cabin crew in an effort to reach concessions that could lead to a softer deal failed,” the news service added. “Parent Air France-KLM said shortly afterwards that it planned to take legal action over ‘aggravated violence’ carried out against its managers.”


Air France workers were protesting at Charles de Gaulle airport, the airline’s headquarters.

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Planes were continuing to take off and land.


A lot of Air France workers were on hand to register their displeasure at the carrier’s plan to shed 2,900 employees.

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Nine hundred cabin crew and 300 pilots could be laid off, according to Reuters.

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Pandemonium broke out after a meeting discussing the cuts. The human-resources and labor-relations chief, Xavier Broseta, had his shirt ripped off.

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Pierre Plissonnier, deputy of long-haul flights, was mobbed, but he kept his shirt. His suit jacket, on the other hand, didn’t fare so well.

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Broseta had a difficult time making his escape.

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Shirt gone, but he still has his necktie.

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This isn’t what you expect to look like after a meeting with workers.


Plissonnier’s clothes were eventually shredded.


The protesters were angry. Air France’s parent company has said that it will take legal action, Reuters reported.