More than two months have passed since Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested at Narita Airport .
Not only has the fallen car titan rocked the industry, but also has touched on the delicate feelings between France and Japan, and the stability of the Reno-Nissan/Mitsubishi strategic alliance is also of particular concern.
At a press conference in Cairo, Macron said he was “worried” about the prolonged detention of Ghosn by the Japanese side and the poor conditions. Macron also revealed that he had spoken to Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe over the phone to express his views on the Ghosn Case.
Before running for president, Macron was very concerned about the development of the Franco-Japanese auto alliance during his term as French minister of economy. He urged the Japanese side to eliminate its influence and increase Renault’s participation in the alliance.
He said that the new chairman of the board of directors of Renaud will also serve as chairman of the board of directors of Nissan.
The French and Japanese, who had been close to each other, are now at odds with each other, making the alliance’s dream of challenging the German and American auto industry leaders even more remote.