Air France executive: shirt-shredding attack was 'price to pay for democracy'

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Xavier Broseta says he bears no grudges over Paris attack by airline workers but insists redundancy plans must go ahead.

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An Air France executive who was forced to flee shirtless from a staff meeting after he was attacked by protesting workers has described his ordeal as “the price to pay for democracy”, reports The Guardian.

Xavier Broseta, the airline’s vice president of human resources, was pushed to safety over a fence – minus his shirt and jacket – at the airline’s offices in Paris on 5 October after 100 workers angered by a redundancy programme forced their way into a meeting of the airline’s senior management.

Broseta, who has received more than 1,000 messages of support from around the world, including from French trade unions, said: “It is sometimes the price to pay for democracy … and we have to get used to the fact that the world is crazy.”

The executive said in an interview with newspaper Le Parisien that he bore no grudges, despite an attack that saw him and Pierre Plissonnier, vice-president of the airline’s Orly airport hub, escape with their clothes torn to shreds.

However, Broseta said he was still smarting from the experience, adding that he would never watch the video footage from the day when he was “the face of France, but what a face”. He said: “Certain acts are just not admissible.”

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