PARIS -- French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss the situation regarding the alliance between Renault and Nissan with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe next week, said an official at Macron's Elysee office.
"There will certainly be a discussion during the meeting with Prime Minister Abe about questions regarding the relationship between Renault and Nissan," the official said.
"It will be an opportunity for the President to reaffirm the strong attachment France has regarding the Renault-Nissan alliance, an attachment which was again emphasized during the recent talks that took place with Fiat," the official said.
The decision comes as a report in the Financial Times said several joint business functions at the alliance are being unwound now that former Chairman Carlos Ghosn is no longer in power to press ahead with the integration of the two automakers. Joint business areas such as light commercial vehicles, sales and marketing, and communications are dismissing staff, according to the FT's report.
The French state has a 15 percent stake in Renault, and French ministers have consistently highlighted the importance of ensuring that the alliance, which also includes Mitsubishi Motors, remains strong, before planning any further consolidation with automakers such as Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles.
The official in Macron's office added that Macron was not planning to discuss FCA with Abe, following the automaker's attempt to forge a tie-up with Renault.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report