The Dutch government increased its stake in Air France-KLM to 14 percent on Wednesday, just short of the 14.3 percent held by France. The move comes a day after the Dutch surprised Paris by purchasing a 12.68 percent share in the alliance.
French President Emmanuel Macron has said the Dutch government must “clarify its intentions” after purchasing a significant stake in the Air France-KLM alliance without first informing Paris.
Several French unions have expressed dismay over the choice of former Air Canada executive Benjamin Smith to head Air France-KLM, citing the need for a CEO to defend “our national airline’s interests” as well as fears he will seek to lower wages.
The French airline has said it is expanding its “non-flyover area around North Korea” while denying that passengers were at risk last week when one of its jets flew past the location where a North Korean missile splashed into the sea minutes later.