The French Government Will Give Consular Support To Ghosn 'like Any Citizen'

Paris, Dec 31 (EFE) .- The French Secretary of State for the Economy, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, said Tuesday after hearing the news of Japan's escape from former Renault manager Carlos Ghosn that he will receive consular support like any other citizen pursued by the Justice of a foreign country.

"If a foreign citizen escapes from French Justice we would be very angry, but it is a French citizen, he will be guaranteed consular support," Pannier-Runacher said in an interview on the station "France Inter".

Ghosn arrived in Beirut last night after escaping from Japan, where he was released on bail awaiting a trial that could represent for him a long sentence in Japanese jails.

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In a statement transmitted by his lawyer, the former president of the alliance between Renault and Nissan said he escaped a 'partial Japanese judicial system where the presumption of guilt prevails, discrimination is general and where human rights are violated.'

'I am very surprised by the news. I learned from the press last night. I don't make particular comments because we still have to understand what has happened. We have a duty to offer consular support to all French citizens, 'reaffirmed the secretary of state.

Pannier-Runacher said that the French Government has intervened in a 'precise' way to facilitate Mr. Ghosn's conditions of detention, and insisted that the businessman, who has French, Lebanese and Brazilian nationality, is neither above nor above under the law.

'I don't think this complicates the future of the alliance. We have made decisions precisely to accompany the new leaders and turn the page, 'he defended, praising the work of Jean-Dominique Senard, who has replaced Ghosn in office.

According to Pannier-Runacher, the priority of the Government is the future of the Renault-Nissan alliance and the 'profound transformations' faced by the car construction industry, such as the change of engines or the autonomous vehicle, as well as the workers who are behind this industry in France.EFE

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