Document Tuesday on France 5: Air France, splendor and turbulence.

| November 8, 2016

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The image of the torn shirt HRD Air France has toured the world. Behind this social explosion, a documentary aired in prime time on Tuesday on France 5 seeks the causes of the malaise.
How did it happen? Until the early 90s, the company was the ambassador of a lifestyle and standard bearer of a form of French luxury. But after the splendor of the "flying Quai d'Orsay," Air France entered into turbulence beginning in 1993, the starting point of the film interrogates the management of the company, its successive leaders and their blindness face globalization.

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