Air France workers on trial over ripping off bosses' shirts

Fifteen current and former Air France workers went on trial Tuesday for 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 incident, caught on camera, was a high-profile example of the often strained relations between French workers and their employers. Dozens of union activists rallied in support of the defendants outside the courthouse in Bobigny north of Paris as the trial began.

Five union members, who have since been fired, stand charges of aggravated assault, and face up to three years in prison and a 45,000-euro ($51,000) fine if convicted. Ten Air France...