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15 awaiting verdict in Air France bosses' ripped-shirt case

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. Fifteen current and former Air France workers are awaiting a verdict in a case of alleged violence during a union protest last year at the airline's headquarters that saw two company executives flee 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. Fifteen current and former Air France workers are awaiting a verdict in a case of alleged violence during a union protest last year at the airline's headquarters that saw two company executives flee over a fence with their shirts ripped off. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)  (The Associated Press)

Fifteen current and former Air France workers are awaiting a verdict in a case of alleged violence during a union protest last year at the airline's headquarters that saw two company executives flee over a fence with their shirts ripped off.

The images of the shirtless managers spread around the world and came to epitomize the often-tense labor relations in France.

The prosecutor at a trial outside Paris described the defendants as "thugs" but only asked for two-to-four month suspended sentences against five men charged with aggravated assault and fines for the 10 others charged with property damage. Most of them are union members. Four were fired after the incident.

The violence erupted in October 2015 as executives were announcing nearly 3,000 job cuts during a union meeting.