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Nissan's Ghosn crisis

France drops support for Ghosn to limit Renault damage

Government fears leadership vacuum ahead of China electric-car rollout

From left, French President Emmanuel Macron, Renault Chairman Carlos Ghosn and Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire visit the automaker's factory in Maubeuge, France, last year.   © Reuters

PARIS -- French automaker Renault has begun searching for new leadership following the government's call to replace Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn, whose detention in Japan drags on as he awaits trial.

"The governing bodies of Renault are actively working to find the best solution for the future governance of the group, with a view to preserving the company's interests and strengthening the Renault-Nissan alliance," the automaker said Thursday.

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