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Air France employees convicted over attack on bosses

Unions reacted with fury after three Air France employees were convicted of “group violence” for ripping the shirts off the backs of two company executives during a protest.

The three were given jail sentences suspended for three and four months and ten other employees were convicted of vandalism at Bobigny criminal court outside Paris and ordered to pay fines of €500 each.

Pierre Plissonnier, a former assistant director, and Xavier Broseta, a human resources director at the airline, fled a mob after announcing a plan to cut 2,900 jobs in October 2015. Protesters had broken into the conference room and attacked the men. The Confédération Générale du Travail union said that judges had “sided with the powerful”.