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Air France Will Disappear If Unions Block Reforms, French Finance Minister Warns

  • French finance minister calls union salary demands unjustified
  • France says will not give money to uncompetitive airline

Photographer: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned that excessive salary demands and strikes by unions at Air France-KLM Group could sink Europe’s largest airline.

“If it doesn’t make the necessary efforts to be at the same competitive level of Lufthansa and other major airlines, it will disappear,” Le Maire said on BFM TV on Sunday. The union’s salary demands are “unjustified” and employees must show “responsibility,” he said.