Unions warn against 'divisive' Air France strategy after assault on executives

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The physical attacks upon two Air France executives on Monday by a small group of airline staff protesting a plan of job losses has been widely condemned by trade unions, management and government. The assaults, in which the Human Resources director and the long-haul flight manager had their clothing ripped off, dramatically underlined the high tensions within the struggling airline over its announcement it is to shed 2,900 jobs over the next two years. Mathilde Goanec and Dan Israel report.

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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday strongly denounced the physical attack by protesting Air France employees upon the airline’s Human Resources director Xavier Broseta and long-haul flight manager Pierre Plissonier during a staff meeting on Monday morning.