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July 3, 2019 10:45 AM, EDT

French Police Raid Renault Headquarters as Part of Ghosn Probe

Police car at Renault HQ A police car at Renault headquarters at Boulogne-Billancourt on Jan. 6, 2016. (Christophe Morin/Bloomberg)

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French police raided Renault SA’s headquarters outside Paris on July 3 to gather evidence for an investigation related to spending by former Chairman Carlos Ghosn.

A spokesman for Renault confirmed the police presence following a report by L’Express, while an official at the prosecutor’s office didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

French investigators opened a probe earlier this year into whether Ghosn improperly used a sponsorship deal to pay for a 2016 wedding party at the Chateau de Versailles. The magazine said the probe was recently widened to include spending at Renault-Nissan BV, the Dutch joint venture between Renault and Nissan Motor Co., and Ghosn’s relationship with an Oman billionaire who was a Nissan intermediary. A spokesman for Ghosn has denied the allegations related to the Oman distributor.

Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg
 

Ghosn, who was chief executive officer of Renault and chairman of the two carmakers and the third partner in their alliance with Mitsubishi Motors Corp., is facing trial in Japan for alleged financial crimes, including funneling millions of dollars from Nissan through an intermediary. He has denied all the charges, which stem from an internal probe by Nissan. Renault has also carried out its own investigation, while another audit examined the workings of RNBV.