Three Air France shirt ripping protesters found guilty


Media captionAir France human resources manager Xavier Broseta was forced to climb over a fence to escape

Three former Air France employees have been found guilty of ripping the shirts from the backs of two executives fleeing a meeting about job cuts.

A French court gave the men suspended sentences of three to four months for organised violence, while two others were found not guilty.

Another 11 were handed €500 (£425; $530) fines for property damage.

The October 2015 protest made headlines across the world after the executives were filmed climbing a fence to escape.

A hundred people protesting against restructuring plans broke down a fence and invaded a boardroom at Air France headquarters in the Parisian suburb of Roissy, next to Charles de Gaulle Airport, forcing the executives to flee.

Air France-KLM was considering cutting almost 3,000 jobs and extending pilots’ working hours. The proposal has since been dropped.

But as the executives fled, the angry mob – who…

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