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5 arrested in Air France union violence that left executives shirtless

  • Air France employees shouts as they gather outside the Air France cargo zone to protest the arrest of six co-workers in Roissy, outside Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. French prosecutors say six people have been arrested early Monday in connection with an Air France union meeting brawl that left two executives shirtless. Air France blames the violence on "isolated individuals" and negotiations have resumed. It is proposing a sweeping plan that involves 2,900 more job losses and longer hours. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Air France employees shouts as they gather outside the Air France cargo zone to protest the arrest of six co-workers in Roissy, outside Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. French prosecutors say six people have been arrested early Monday in connection with an Air France union meeting brawl that left two executives shirtless. Air France blames the violence on "isolated individuals" and negotiations have resumed. It is proposing a sweeping plan that involves 2,900 more job losses and longer hours. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Air France employees shouts as they gather outside the Air France cargo zone to protest the arrest of six co-workers in Roissy, outside Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. French prosecutors say six people have been arrested early Monday in connection with an Air France union meeting brawl that left two executives shirtless. Air France blames the violence on "isolated individuals" and negotiations have resumed. It is proposing a sweeping plan that involves 2,900 more job losses and longer hours. Stickers read, the French General Confederation of Labour, Air France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Air France employees shouts as they gather outside the Air France cargo zone to protest the arrest of six co-workers in Roissy, outside Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. French prosecutors say six people have been arrested early Monday in connection with an Air France union meeting brawl that left two executives shirtless. Air France blames the violence on "isolated individuals" and negotiations have resumed. It is proposing a sweeping plan that involves 2,900 more job losses and longer hours. Stickers read, the French General Confederation of Labour, Air France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Air France employee holds a placard as he gather outside the Air France cargo zone to protest the arrest of six co-workers in Roissy, outside Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. French prosecutors say six people have been arrested early Monday in connection with an Air France union meeting brawl that left two executives shirtless. Air France blames the violence on "isolated individuals" and negotiations have resumed. It is proposing a sweeping plan that involves 2,900 more job losses and longer hours. Placard reads,"save our planed fire our bosses". (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    An Air France employee holds a placard as he gather outside the Air France cargo zone to protest the arrest of six co-workers in Roissy, outside Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. French prosecutors say six people have been arrested early Monday in connection with an Air France union meeting brawl that left two executives shirtless. Air France blames the violence on "isolated individuals" and negotiations have resumed. It is proposing a sweeping plan that involves 2,900 more job losses and longer hours. Placard reads,"save our planed fire our bosses". (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

French prosecutors say five people have been arrested in connection with an Air France union meeting brawl that left two executives shirtless.

During a meeting a week ago about fiercely contested job cuts at the money-losing airline, union activists assaulted the managers, including the airline's head of human resources, ripping their shirts from their bodies and prompting them to flee over a fence.

The Bobigny prosecutor's office confirmed that five people were arrested early Monday, saying the allegations of aggravated assault carried a maximum five years in prison.

Air France blames the violence on "isolated individuals" and negotiations over the cuts have resumed. It has already cut costs and jobs in recent years and proposes a sweeping plan that involves 2,900 more job losses and longer hours.