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The Ghosn Affair Is an Inconvenient Scandal for President Macron

  • The two men clashed in the past, when Macron was a minister
  • Macron toured a Renault plant less than two weeks ago
Emmanuel Macron flies a drone next during a visit to the Renault factory in northeastern France, on Nov. 8.
Emmanuel Macron flies a drone next during a visit to the Renault factory in northeastern France, on Nov. 8.Photographer: Etienne Laurent/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
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Less than two weeks ago, Emmanuel Macron was beating the drum for the world’s largest car alliance. The French president stood alongside Carlos Ghosn, the head of Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co., at a factory in northern France as they announced that the French car maker would manufacture vans for its Japanese partner.

Rather than taking another step toward reconciling an often reluctant French public with the global economy, Macron is now confronted with the potential fallout from Monday’s shock announcement that Nissan had fired Ghosn over alleged financial improprieties. And it’s an executive with whom Macron had some previous tussles.