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France Ready to Cut Renault Stake to Support Nissan Ties

  • Renault declines to comment following Le Maire report
  • Nissan would prefer for France to divest its shareholding
Pedestrians pass outside the Renault SA flagship store on the Champs Elysee in Paris.

Pedestrians pass outside the Renault SA flagship store on the Champs Elysee in Paris.

Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg
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France is prepared to consider cutting its 15% stake in Renault SA to help shore up the carmaker’s alliance with Nissan Motor Co., Agence France-Presse reported Saturday, citing an interview with Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire.

France is ready to consider reducing its holding if it leads to a “more solid” alliance between the Japanese and French automakers, Le Maire told AFP at the Group of 20 finance ministers meeting in Fukuoka, Japan.