Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday expressed hopes that the management change at Renault SA will work to facilitate the cooperation between the French automaker and its Japanese alliance partner، Nissan Motor Co.
During 20-minute talks over the phone، Abe told Macron that the Nissan-Renault alliance is a symbol of the industrial cooperation between Japan and France and that he wants the two companies to maintain and strengthen their stable partnership.
Specific ways to fortify the partnership should be discussed by the firms themselves، Abe added.
At a board meeting on Thursday، Renault accepted the resignation of Carlos Ghosn، who has been indicted in Japan for alleged financial misconduct، from the posts of its chairman and chief executive officer.
The board appointed Jean-Dominique Senard، CEO of French tire giant Michelin، as new Renault chairman to replace Ghosn، and Thierry Bollore، deputy CEO of Renault، as CEO of the automaker.
Nissan dismissed Ghosn as its chairman days after his first arrest by Tokyo prosecutors on Nov. 19، 2018. Ghosn was removed from the post of chairman at Mitsubishi Motors Corp.، also a member of the alliance، after his first arrest as well.
In the phone talks، Abe told Macron that Japan، as the chair of this year’s summit of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies، will aim to promote economic growth and address the economic disparities.