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05/10/2015 16:57 BST | Updated 06/10/2015 08:59 BST

Air France Executives Attacked By Activists After Company Cuts 2,900 Jobs

Employees and activists protesting the cutting of thousands of jobs at the headquarters of Air France stormed a meeting on Monday, leaving two company executives scrambling for their lives.

The managers had their shirts shredded from their bodies, and were forced to scale a fence before fleeing the scene under police protection at the offices in Roissy-en-France.

According to the Associated Press, more than a hundred activists broke through a gate before staging a protest in the meeting room.

The CEO of Air France-KLM, Alexandre de Juniac, announced on Friday that a long-standing disagreement with the pilots would lead to the slashing of thousands of jobs. The company, De Juniac said, was struggling from competition from low-cost airlines in Europe and Gulf carriers for longer-haul flights.

Air France said on Monday it would file a complaint for aggravated assault. Alain Vidalies, France's transport secretary, said the violence was "unacceptable and must be punished."

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