President Francois Hollande said the confrontation between unions and management at Air France that has spawned violence and captured headlines around the world doesn’t represent the state of the country as a whole.
“Some people always want the kettle to be on the verge of exploding,” Hollande said today on RTL radio. “No! The conflict at Air France doesn’t sum up the state of France.”
Hollande is seeking to calm nerves after two Air France executives were assaulted during talks about planned job cuts and protesting workers were charged for the assault. The series of events prompted the CGT union to boycott wider talks on labor-management relations being hosted by Hollande today.
The Socialist president said that job cuts at Air France are avoidable if both pilots and managment make concessiops.
“We can avoid job cuts,” Hollande said. “Everyone needs to make his share of efforts.”