April 23, 2019
PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday discussed the future of the Renault-Nissan alliance and the investigation in Tokyo into alleged financial misconduct by its former boss Carlos Ghosn, Macron’s office said.
“This industrial partnership has shown its resilience,” a French presidency official said in a statement.
“It is now up to the industry leaders in charge to make the alliance even more solid so that it can face up to the technological disruptions underway in the auto industry,” added the official.
The official said France respected Japan’s judicial system and that France was closely watching to see that Ghosn’s rights were respected.
Japanese prosecutors indicted Carlos Ghosn on Monday on another charge of aggravated breach of trust. The charge came on the day that Ghosn’s latest detention period was set to expire.
(Reporting by Marine Pennetier, Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)