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    Carlos Ghosn, a Brazilian-born French businessman of Lebanese origin and the former Nissan CEO, has recently made headlines with his organised escape from Japan where he is facing charges of financial misconduct. Now, the French authorities have also stepped up their earlier investigation into the businessman’s alleged wrongdoings.

    Former Renault-Nissan Alliance chairman Carlos Ghosn could face charges in France, as the country’s prosecutor's office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre has stepped up its investigation into two parties that the disgraced auto mogul had thrown in Versailles several years ago, now handing the probe over to a magistrate, AFP reported.

    One of the parties in the royal residence back in 2014 was officially devoted to the alliance between Nissan and Renault, but in reality, according to reports, was a celebration of Ghosn’s 60th Birthday as it was mainly attended by the businessman’s friends and family. In October 2016, Ghosn also returned to Versailles to celebrate the wedding with his now-wife Caroline in a lavish Marie Antoinette-themed ceremony.

    The businessman has been accused of “wrongly” obtaining the use of the royal premises by being waived of the usual 50,000-euro rental fee in exchange for a sponsorship deal between Renault and Versailles, which is owned by the state. Earlier France’s tax authorities had also launched an investigation into Renault’s suspicious transactions with some other companies and states, including Oman.

    Ghosn, who has stepped down as Nissan’s CEO in 2017 and as chairman and CEO of Renault in 2019, was first arrested in Japan in November 2018.

    He is currently facing charges of financial misconduct, the underreporting of his earnings and the misuse of Nissan's assets. Ghosn has denied all accusations and called the charges “plot and treason” by Nissan’s executives.

    After spending 130 days in detention in Japan and several bail requests, the former auto-titan was placed under strict house arrest. However, he managed to secretly escape to Lebanon via Istanbul in December 2019.

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    Versailles, Lebanon, Japan, Carlos Ghosn, Renault-Nissan, Renault, Nissan, Europe, France
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