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Air France workers on trial over ripping off bosses' shirts

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 file photo, Air France director of Human Resources Xavier Broseta, right, and Air France assistant director of long-haul flights Pierre Plissonnier, center, are protected by a police officer as they flee Air France headquarters at Roissy Airport, north of Paris, France, after scuffles with union activists. A group of former Air France workers is going on trial for allegedly taking part in violence that erupted during a union protest last year at the airline’s headquarters and left two executives fleeing over a fence with their shirts ripped off. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 file photo, Air France director of Human Resources Xavier Broseta, right, and Air France assistant director of long-haul flights Pierre Plissonnier, center, are protected by a police officer as they flee Air France headquarters at Roissy Airport, north of Paris, France, after scuffles with union activists. A group of former Air France workers is going on trial for allegedly taking part in violence that erupted during a union protest last year at the airline’s headquarters and left two executives fleeing over a fence with their shirts ripped off. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)  (The Associated Press)

Several current and former Air France workers are on trial for allegedly taking part in violence that erupted during a union protest last year at the airline's headquarters and sent two executives fleeing over a fence with their shirts ripped off.

The incident, caught on camera, was an extreme example of often antagonistic French labor relations.

Five union members, who have since been fired, stand charges of aggravated assault Tuesday in a court outside Paris. They face up to three years in prison and a 45,000-euro ($51,000) fine if convicted. Ten Air France workers face charges of property damage.

The protest took place last October at a meeting where the executives announced nearly 3,000 job cuts after years of belt-tightening at the airline.