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French workers walk in the streets of Paris during their lunch break.
30/10/2015 - France

French workers to work an extra year to qualify for full pension

After eight months of tough negotiations, employers and trade unions struck a deal on Friday to raise the contribution period necessary for workers to get their full rate pension.

A file picture taken on November 2, 2005 shows a policeman in front of a burning car in the northern Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois, after police clashed with angry youths, on October 2, 2005
26/10/2015 - France

French government tries to conquer suburbs ten years after riots

A fleet of government cars pulled up outside the run-down estates of Mureaux on the outskirts of Paris on Monday, on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the worst rioting in the history of France's suburbs.

A board with an image of Air France-KLM CEO Alexandre de Juniac reading "keep our planes, sack the bosses"
22/10/2015 - FRANCE

Air France unions vote legal challenge to jobs cuts plan

Air France unions have voted unanimously to make a legal challenge to an attempt to block the company's restructuring plans.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L) shakes hands with Egyptian Defence minister General Sedki Sobhi (R) as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) looks on. October 10, 2015
12/10/2015 - France-Egypt-Jordan-Saudi Arabia

French PM seals ties with embarrassing Middle East allies

After Egypt and Jordan, French Prime minister Manuel Valls is due to visit Saudi Arabia on Monday for the final leg of his four-day tour of the Middle East.

Xavier Broseta (C), Human Resources Manager at Air France, and Pierre Plissonnier (R), Air France deputy of long-haul flights, surrounded by angry employees, October 5, 2015
12/10/2015 - France

Air France tries to bridge rift with unions: arrests 6

Six Air France workers, suspected of attacking their bosses last week, were arrested on Monday, on the heels of fresh talks between management and unions.

Human resources manager Xavier Broseta, centre, is evacuated by security after striking workers interrupted a meeting with union representatives at the headquarters of Air France.
10/10/2015 - France

Majority of French people 'understand' attack on Air France bosses, but do not approve

The majority of French people "understand" why violence occurred earlier this week at Air France’s headquarters over pending job cuts, according to an Ifop poll to be published Sunday ...
Striking employees demonstrate in front of the Air France headquarters building at Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Roissy, near Paris, 5 October 2015
06/10/2015 - France

Valls meets with Air France management as union calls for government intervention

Violent protests against Air France managers by striking workers are “unacceptable” and hurt the country's image, French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday, as Prime Minister Manuel ...
A shirtless Xavier Broseta (R), Executive Vice President for Human Resources at Air France, is evacuated by security after a staff meeting turns violent. Roissy, near Paris, France, October 5, 2015
05/10/2015 - France

Air France bosses attacked by angry workers after announcing huge job losses

Hundreds of Air France workers stormed office headquarters at Charles de Gaulle Roissy airport, on Monday, breaking up a last-ditch staff meeting.

02/10/2015 - France

Air France to see 2,900 job cuts, unions say

Air France will slash 2,900 jobs, retire 14 long-haul planes and reduce flights as part of an alternative restructuring plan, union officials said Friday.

A plane of French regional airline unit Hop! takes off behind the retired Concorde number 5 at the Charles de Gaulle International Airport near Paris
24/09/2015 - FRANCE

Air France rules out massive layoffs even if talks with unions fail

Air France management has ruled out massive layoffs even if negotiations with trade unions fail to reach agreement on its plan to reform the troubled company.