TOKYO -- French President Emmanuel Macron told Japan’s premier that it would be appropriate for Renault's new chairman, Jean-Dominique Senard, to also be chairman of Nissan, according to Fuji News Network.
Macron floated the idea to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a phone call on Friday, the Japanese network reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.
Macron also said he hoped for the quick release of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who has been in a Tokyo jail since Nov. 19, the report said.
France is the biggest shareholder in Renault with a 15 percent stake and two board seats.
Renault's board named Senard as chairman on Jan. 24, saying that he has full responsibility for for managing the French automaker’s three-way partnership with Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors on behalf of Renault, in liaison with Thierry Bollore, who was appointed Renault CEO at the same time. The management changes came hours after Ghosn resigned as Renault's chairman and CEO.
Renault dominates the alliance through its 43.4 percent stake in Nissan. The alliance sold more cars last year than either Volkswagen Group or Toyota Motor.
Nissan and Mitsubishi ousted Ghosn as chairman shortly after his arrest on allegations of under-reporting his income. The charges have since expanded to include transferring personal trading losses to Nissan, and the 64-year-old could face decades in prison if convicted. He has denied wrongdoing.