Former CEO Carlos Ghosn says he is saddened to see Renault “just a shadow of his former self”. Ghosn reported this in an interview with the French newspaper Le Parisien. “I would like to restore my image,” Ghosn said.
The 67-year-old former CEO says, among other things, that he finds Japan’s ‘very incomprehensible legal system’. “It’s a unique system that pushes you to commit suicide, but it prevents you at the last minute,” he says. Ghosn has been in his native Lebanon since he left Japan in 2019. If he could, he would like to return to France – he is a French citizen – but Japan’s request for his arrest prevents him from going to France. Ghosn was arrested in Japan in 2018 on suspicion of tax fraud and embezzlement.
According to Ghosn, it is “laughter” to blame him for the problems in the Renault-Nissan Alliance. He said he had pushed for closer ties between the two companies, but Nissan had objected. “The reality is that the world’s number one manufacturer has become smaller and weaker. It’s sad to see that Renault is just a shadow of his former self,” said Ghosn. “At the moment there are a lot of words and average results.”
A former Ghosn right-handed man, Greg Kelly, is currently awaiting trial in a Japanese prison; he faces the risk of imprisonment for up to ten years.