(Bloomberg) -- Renault SA said police operations are under way as part of an investigation into espionage claims that led to the dismissal of three executives, after Le Figaro reported that two of the carmaker's security managers had been detained for questioning.
"Renault has just learned that police operations are currently under way," company spokeswoman Frederique Le Greves said by telphone. "To avoid any interference, the company will be making no further comment until they are over."
Dominique Gevrey and Marc Tixador, the Renault security officials who ran the carmaker's internal investigation into the espionage allegations, have been detained by police, Le Figaro reported Friday, without citing anyone. Reuters reported that the two men, who know the identity of an informant who sparked the probe, were put in police custody on Friday on suspicion of fraud.
The carmaker said March 9 it had ordered the pair to reveal the source of information on foreign bank accounts that led to the dismissal of three senior executives. All three men were being questioned by France's DCRI domestic intelligence agency, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor told Reuters.
Chief Operating Officer Patrick Pelata acknowledged earlier this month that the company may have been misled over the evidence behind the firings.