Air France execs beaten by staff; forced to flee

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air-france-execs-beaten-up-by staff.jpgManagers of the French airline, Air France, were forced to flee an angry mob of staffers on Monday, after announcing plans to slash the size of the workforce.

Pictures from the protest show senior managers with their shirts torn off climbing over a fence to escape.

Security officials were forced to usher the managers to safety.

According to a Sky News report, the airline's parent company, Air France-KLM, said it planned to take legal action over what it described as "aggravated violence" towards its senior staff.

"This violence was carried out by particularly violent, isolated individuals, whereas the protest by striking personnel was taking place calmly up until then," a spokesman said.

Hundreds of staff took part in the protest at the company's headquarters near Paris.

Air France managers had been outlining plans to cut 2,900 jobs, after failing to convince the airline's pilots to work longer hours.The company also intends to reduce its long-haul business by 10%, and cut 14 planes from its long-haul fleet.