Two Air France executives were forced to flee with their clothes in tatters after angry workers stormed a meeting at Charles de Gaulle airport in protest at 2,900 planned job cuts.
Human resources manager, Xavier Broseta, and director of Air France at Orly Airport, Pierre Plissonnier, were caught up in the protests.
Air France CEO Frederic Gagey had already left the room before the works council meeting near Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris, was interrupted about an hour after it had begun.
Parent firm Air France-KLM has said it will seek to take legal action over the protestors’ “aggregated violence”.
Ai France later confirmed the job cuts as part of a big restructuring that also involves route cuts.
The measures include cutting back the long-haul network by 10% and early retirement of aircraft leading to a smaller fleet by 2017.