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June 21, 2014

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cheap canada goose uk PARIS/TOKYO (Reuters) French carmaker Renault tapped its chief operating officer and a senior board member to fill in for embattled boss Carlos Ghosn, after an investigation by alliance partner Nissan led to his arrest on suspicion of financial misconduct. cheap canada goose uk

Thierry Bollore, Ghosn operational second in command, will canada goose outlet mississauga become deputy chief executive, while lead independent director Philippe Lagayette assumes the function of interim chairman, Renault said after a board meeting late on Tuesday.

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Ghosn, temporarily incapacitated, remains Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Renault said in a statement. this period, the board will meet on a regular basis under the chairmanship of the lead independent director.

Ghosn, one of the car industry best known leaders, was arrested on Monday after Nissan said he had engaged in years of wrongdoing, including personal use of company money and under reported earnings. The Japanese company plans to remove him as chairman on Thursday. has been weakened, which makes it all the more necessary to act quickly.

Statements by Le Maire, Renault and its board all echoed French preoccupations over the future of the alliance first articulated by President Emmanuel Macron within hours of Ghosn arrest on Monday.

Following talks between Le Maire and his Japanese counterpart Hiroshige Seko on Tuesday, the ministers reaffirmed their wish to maintain this winning cooperation

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The private communication came from Nissan Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa, whose company canada goose outlet new york city is 43.4 percent owned by Renault in a complex alliance forged by Ghosn over almost two decades.

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In its board statement, Renault invoked of transparency, trust and mutual respect set forth in the alliance charter to demand that Nissan provide information in (its) possession arising from the internal investigation.

Renault shares closed 1.2 percent lower before the meeting, extending Monday decline of more than 8 percent. Nissan fell another 5.5 percent, while Mitsubishi Motors Corp, the third alliance member, ended down nearly 7 percent.

canada goose store Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko said it could be hard to manage the alliance without the unifying figure of Ghosn. canada goose store

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch cut its rating on Renault to from while Exane BNP Paribas moved to from

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It comes at a difficult time for the industry, already grappling with tighter emissions regulations, a diesel sales collapse and big investments in electric and self driving cars.

Ghosn alleged improprieties also raise questions over governance at the alliance, over which he presided relatively unchecked as chairman of all three partners boards.

Japan Nikkei business daily, citing unidentified sources, said Ghosn had received share price linked compensation of about 4 billion yen ($36 million) over a five year period to March 2015, but it went unreported in Nissan financial reports.

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Nissan declined to comment on the report.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK also said Nissan had paid billions canada goose jacket outlet uk of yen to buy and renovate homes for Ghosn in canada goose kensington parka uk Rio de Janeiro, Beirut, Paris and Amsterdam, citing unnamed sources. The properties had no business purpose and were not listed as benefits in compensation filings to the Tokyo bourse, NHK said.

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