The wife of the former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn wants pressure put on Japan over his legal battle.
Ghosn charged over 11 million euros of 'questionable expenses'
Ex-Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn has been charged after car-maker Renault found 11 million euros of questionable expenses, the French government said today.
France holds a 15% stake in Renault and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told French television there would be a case against Ghosn by Renault over the expenses and the government would supply all the documents required.
The prospect of new legal action backed by France marks a new headache for the former Renault CEO, who was also Nissan chairman in the alliance with the Japanese car-maker, after his initial arrest in Tokyo in November.
Ghosn, who is a French citizen, was seen as a titan of the industry until his legal troubles hit.
Back to that "transformative" merger proposal by Fiat Chrysler for French carmaker Renault.
Nick Oliver, professor of management at Edinburgh University, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he was more sceptical about the "fit" between the two carmakers than the market, where their share prices had jumped yesterday.
"If you look at Renault and Fiat you've got two European brands that are not particularly strong - that's putting it mildly in Fiat's case. In the case Chrysler, they've got a strong presence in north America but they are by far the weakest... and they are terribly exposed to the SUV pick-up market in North America which is profitable in the good times but tend to tank in the bad times," he said.
And what about Renault's possible tie-up with Nissan? "I'm not sure I would describe Nissan and Renault's first love.. All the signs are that Nissan is treating this really cautiously and it's going to be hugely difficult to get Nissan to join the deal".
"Integrating car companies is really difficult," he said. Two weaker companies put together does not make them a stronger one.