Renault flags Carlos Ghosn's Versailles wedding arrangements to investigators

Galtero Lara
Febrero 10, 2019

Renault (RNLSY), of which Ghosn was Chairman and CEO until his firing last January 24, claims Ghosn used Renault's money to pay for his lavish wedding reception following his marriage to Carole Nahas on October 8, 2016.

Before his decision to pay back the Versailles palace was made public, his lawyer in France, Mr Jean-Yves Le Borgne, had said in an e-mailed statement Ghosn paid for all his wedding expenses. In effect, what Renault is saying is that Ghosn tricked it into paying for his wedding reception.

In its own investigation, Renault identified an improper personal benefit tied to Ghosn's 2016 wedding at the Chateau de Versailles, which it plans to inform authorities about.

French media reported this wedding was a truly opulent affair "fit for a king and queen".

Ghosn and his new wife Carole threw a Marie Antoinette-themed dinner and party at the former royal residence complete with entertainers in period costumes.

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Renault said that a company investigation had found Ghosn personally benefited from "an exchange worth 50,000 euro in the framework of a philanthropic accord" with Versailles.

"The elements gathered so far require additional checks to be carried out", Renault said in a statement Thursday.

The Renault board was informed about the discovery on Wednesday, as reported by Le Figaro, the source added. He has been indicted on charges of understating his income at Nissan by about $80 million and temporarily transferring personal trading losses to the carmaker. Some 200 guests were invited to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Renault and Nissan's auto alliance.

Renault started an internal probe in November, shortly after Ghosn was arrested.

Officials in various French prosecutor's offices who could investigate the case said on Thursday that they had no information yet from Renault about the gift. He has now been imprisoned in a Tokyo detention facility for more than two months. Mr Ghosn remains in detention in Tokyo with limited opportunity to respond publicly to allegations against him. "Contrary to the accusations made by the prosecutors, I never received any compensation from Nissan that was not disclosed, nor did I ever enter into any binding contract with Nissan to be paid a fixed amount that was not disclosed".

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