|19 June, 2019

Macron to discuss Renault/Nissan with Japan's Abe next week -Elysee official

The French state has a 15% stake in Renault

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint news conference with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels, Belgium April 25, 2019.Image used for illustrative purpose

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint news conference with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels, Belgium April 25, 2019.Image used for illustrative purpose

REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

PARIS- French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss the situation regarding the alliance between carmakers Renault and Nissan with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe next week, said an official at Macron's Elysee office.

"There will certainly be a discussion during the meeting with Prime Minister Abe about questions regarding the relationship between Renault and Nissan," said the official.

"It will be an opportunity for the President to reaffirm the strong attachment France has regarding the Renault-Nissan alliance, an attachment which was again emphasised during the recent talks that took place with Fiat," added the official.

The French state has a 15% stake in Renault, and French ministers have consistently highlighted the importance of ensuring that the Renault-Nissan alliance remains strong, before planning any further consolidation with the likes of Fiat-Chrysler. 

The official in Macron's office added that Macron was not planning to discuss Fiat with Abe.

(Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta/Leigh Thomas) ((sudip.kargupta@thomsonreuters.com; +33 1 49 49 53 84;))

More From Business