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Nissan's Ghosn crisis

Ghosn pushed to backseat as Paris tackles discontent

Millionaire ex-Nissan boss too toxic for Macron as he faces national protests

A protester wearing a yellow vest walks among tear gas on the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris on Dec. 8.   © Reuters

PARIS -- As Tokyo prosecutors prepare to indict former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn as early as Monday, the man who still leads iconic French carmaker Renault can expect little help from Emmanuel Macron.

The French president, badly shaken by the "Yellow Vest" protests that have upended France and forced him to suspend a proposed fuel tax increase, may not want to be seen standing up for a multimillionaire executive accused of financial fraud.

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