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Nissan's Ghosn crisis

Renault's revived push for Nissan merger follows financial woes

Status of alliance remains issue as Japanese automaker prepares new leadership

Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard, left, speaks at a news conference with Nissan President Hiroto Saikawa and Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko on April 12.   © Reuters

TOKYO/PARIS -- To get an idea of why Renault is in such haste to press for a merger with Nissan Motor, one should adopt an approach similar to the financial misconduct case launched against the former alliance boss Carlos Ghosn: follow the money.

Renault once again floated the idea of a business integration to its more successful Japanese partner earlier this month, Nikkei reported. The move came soon after the two sides declared an unofficial cease-fire on that debate following Ghosn's arrest in Japan last November.

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