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Nasty Air France labor fight drags in French leaders after images of shirtless execs spread

  • French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, center, flanked by Air France Human Resources director, Xavier Broseta , left, and Air France assistant director long-haul flight, Pierre Plissonnier, right, addresses the media  at company headquarters at Roissy airport, north of Paris, a day after Broseta and Plissonnier were sent fleeing from a meeting with union activists, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. France's prime minister paid a hasty visit to the Air France headquarters a day after two executives were sent fleeing from a meeting with union activists, who singled them out and ripped off their suit jackets and shirts. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, center, flanked by Air France Human Resources director, Xavier Broseta , left, and Air France assistant director long-haul flight, Pierre Plissonnier, right, addresses the media at company headquarters at Roissy airport, north of Paris, a day after Broseta and Plissonnier were sent fleeing from a meeting with union activists, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. France's prime minister paid a hasty visit to the Air France headquarters a day after two executives were sent fleeing from a meeting with union activists, who singled them out and ripped off their suit jackets and shirts. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Air France-KLM's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alexandre de Juniac, addresses the media while Air France Human Resources director, Xavier Broseta , right, Air France assistant director long-haul flight, Pierre Plissonnier, look on, at the company headquarters at Roissy airport, north of Paris, a day after two executives, Broseta and Plissonnier, were sent fleeing from a meeting with union activists, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. France's prime minister, Manuel Valls, paid a hasty visit to the Air France headquarters a day after two executives were sent fleeing from a meeting with union activists, who singled them out and ripped off their suit jackets and shirts. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

    Air France-KLM's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alexandre de Juniac, addresses the media while Air France Human Resources director, Xavier Broseta , right, Air France assistant director long-haul flight, Pierre Plissonnier, look on, at the company headquarters at Roissy airport, north of Paris, a day after two executives, Broseta and Plissonnier, were sent fleeing from a meeting with union activists, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. France's prime minister, Manuel Valls, paid a hasty visit to the Air France headquarters a day after two executives were sent fleeing from a meeting with union activists, who singled them out and ripped off their suit jackets and shirts. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)  (The Associated Press)

  • French Prime minister Manuel Valls, right, listens to Air France-KLM's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alexandre de Juniac, during a visit at the company headquarters at Roissy airport, north of Paris, a day after two executives were sent fleeing from a meeting with union activists, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. France's prime minister paid a hasty visit to the Air France headquarters a day after two executives were sent fleeing from a meeting with union activists, who singled them out and ripped off their suit jackets and shirts. (Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool Photo via AP)

    French Prime minister Manuel Valls, right, listens to Air France-KLM's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alexandre de Juniac, during a visit at the company headquarters at Roissy airport, north of Paris, a day after two executives were sent fleeing from a meeting with union activists, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. France's prime minister paid a hasty visit to the Air France headquarters a day after two executives were sent fleeing from a meeting with union activists, who singled them out and ripped off their suit jackets and shirts. (Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

France's prime minister paid a hasty visit to the Air France headquarters a day after two executives were sent fleeing from a meeting with union activists, who singled them out and ripped off their suit jackets and shirts.

The Air France meeting Monday was intended to detail plans to cut 2,900 jobs and slash money-losing routes. The airline has not made a profit since 2008, although it has been steadily trimming losses in recent years, in part by voluntary departures and vacancies. Mayhem broke out when executives told staff that more cuts were needed.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls, whose top adviser is rumored to be leaving to become Air France personnel chief in January, was shown on live television Tuesday meeting with the current jobholder, who was among those attacked.