Carlos Ghosn refuses to appear before investigating judge in France

Former Renault president Carlos Ghosn declined to respond to the subpoena and is due to appear before an investigating judge in Paris investigating contracts between a company for the Renault-Nissan group, according to sources familiar with the file.

In France, Ghosn is being prosecuted in Paris and Nanterre, in two investigations in which Renault is considered a civil party.

Ghosn’s absence, which he justified by preventing him from leaving Lebanon, paves the way for the issuance of a second arrest warrant by French courts after a judge in Nanterre issued a first arrest warrant on April 21.

In Paris, investigating judge Carlos Ghosn was summoned on May 19 to question him, according to two sources familiar with the file, about the advisory services of the Dutch company RNBV, which is owned by Renault-Nissan.

Ghosn did not respond to this call.

Ghosn’s lawyer, Jean Tamale, said: “Our client is legally prohibited from leaving Lebanon, and this situation is known to the French judges.”