After announcing 2,900 job cuts, Air France bosses fled a violent crowd of employees


Air France executives were run out of their own meeting today (Oct. 5), by employees protesting at the airline’s headquarters at Charles de Gaulle airport, just outside Paris. The meeting had been called to discuss nearly 3,000 job cuts—the airline’s first outright firings since the early 1990s.

To reach profitability goals, Air France plans to fire hundreds of flight attendants, cockpit crew, and ground staff; it will also reduce the number of aircraft it flies and shut down some routes. Such measures did not come today as a surprise—the news emerged several days ago, after negotiations to reduce costs by asking pilots to work longer hours for less pay failed. Air France ground staff had planned a two-hour strike at Charles de Gaulle today.

The strike became a siege on the room where airline managers were delivering a briefing on the cost-cutting measures. (Perhaps such action should have been expected, however, considering the recent history of angry employees “bossnapping” in France.) The resulting scene ended with Xavier Broseta, Air France’s human resources director, half-naked and jumping a fence to escape the mob.

Priest arrested on charges of threatening an 8-year-old boy with a gun for being Cowboys fan

From Yahoo!News:

Kevin Carter, a 54-year-old priest from Little Ferry, New Jersey, was arrested on Friday after he allegedly threatened an 8-year-old boy with a musket last month, according to NBC 4 New York.

Carter, a New York Giants fan, was reportedly angry that the young boy was planning to root for the Dallas Cowboys in a game against the Giants later in the day.

Carter allegedly pointed the firearm at the child and threatened to shoot him.

The priest approached the child before services at St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church on Sunday, September 13, and asked him to enter one of the church’s rectory rooms, NBC reports.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli told NBC, “As he raised his weapon and pointed it at the boy, he said, ‘I’m going to shoot you.'”

RIP Henning Mankell

I love the first few Wallander novels:

Henning Mankell, the Swedish novelist and playwright best known for police procedurals that were translated into a score of languages and sold by the millions throughout the world, died Monday morning in Goteborg, Sweden. He was 67.

The cause was cancer, said his literary agent Anneli Hoier. Last year, Mr. Mankell disclosed that doctors had found tumors in his neck and left lung.

Mr. Mankell was considered the dean of the so-called Scandinavian noir writers who gained global prominence for novels that blended edge-of-your-seat suspense with flawed, compelling protagonists and strong social themes. The genre includes Arnaldur Indridason of Iceland, Jo Nesbo of Norway and Stieg Larsson of Sweden, among others.

But it was Mr. Mankell who led the way with 10 mystery novels featuring Inspector Kurt Wallander, a gruff but humane detective troubled by self-doubt, overeating, alcoholism and eventually dementia. Most of the action takes place in and around Ystad, a real-life town of 18,350 inhabitants on the Baltic Sea, about 380 miles south of Stockholm and now a magnet for Wallander buffs.