The arrest of Nissan-Renault boss Carlos Ghosn has set off new attempts by the Japanese car manufacturer to elude the power of its French parent, adding up to the troubles piling up on President Emmanuel Macron. But this one almost might be of Macron’s own making, analysts believe.
In April 2015, as a 37-Year-old economy minister with earlier-unknown presidential dreams, Macron planned an unexpected government stake raise in Renault, intended to protect double voting privileges for the state. The overnight shift then profoundly shattered the Japanese end of the Nissan-Renault alliance. In the resulting 8 Months boardroom battle amid Hiroto Saikawa (Nissan’s second-in-command at that moment) and Macron’s ministry, many now believe that was the main reason for the present crisis. When Ghosn’s corporate jet Gulfstream landed in Tokyo on November 19, 2018, investigators were waiting. Nissan outlined accusations of monetary wrongdoings against its chairman and said supremacy had been destroyed by Renault’s control. Since, Saikawa has contested with Renault’s right to appoint directors and executives under the association master contract, in correspondence seen by Reuters. Such primary differences now intimidate the future of the business, which rivals Toyota and Volkswagen on the global auto industry stage. Max Warburton—an analyst at AllianceBernstein, New York—stated, “President Macron personally had skin in the game.”
On a similar note, recently, Lebanon is seeking to repatriate Carlos Ghosn. Salim Jreissati—Justice Minister of Lebanon—has requested Japan to deport Carlos Ghosn to face trial on Lebanese soil. Jreissati said to Annahar, a letter has been sent to Japanese authorities requesting a detailed overview of the charges against Ghosn plus to afford a meeting with Lebanese ambassador to Japan “for maintaining a good relationship among both the countries.” Ghosn, who holds both French and Lebanese citizenship, is charged with faking security reports and understating his income by Japanese authorities, which cause him to be fired by both Mitsubishi and Nissan.