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Nissan's Ghosn crisis

Renault leaders offer olive branch to Nissan under merger shadow

French side names Michelin CEO Senard sole representative in talks with Japanese side

PARIS/TOKYO -- With its appointment Thursday of a new chairman and CEO, Renault closed the book on the Carlos Ghosn era and reopened the door to talks with Nissan Motor as the two automakers struggle to work out the future shape of their alliance.

Jean-Dominique Senard, chief executive of tiremaker Michelin, was chosen to replace the resigning Ghosn as chairman. Senard will represent Renault in all negotiations with Nissan as their relationship has deteriorated following the November arrest of Ghosn, formerly the linchpin of the alliance.

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