6 held in Air France union brawl
PARIS – French prosecutors say six people have been arrested in connection with an Air France union meeting brawl that left two executives shirtless. During a meeting a week ago about fiercely contested job cuts at the money-losing airline, union activists assaulted the managers, including the airline’s head of human resources, ripping their shirts from their bodies and prompting them to flee over a fence.
The Bobigny prosecutor’s office confirmed that five people were arrested early Monday, saying the allegations of aggravated assault carried a maximum five years in prison. A sixth was detained later in the day.
Air France blames the violence on “isolated individuals” and negotiations have resumed. It is proposing a sweeping plan that involves 2,900 more job losses and longer hours.
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