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Concerns emerged about the future of the Renault-Nissan partnership after the November 2018 arrest in Japan of Ghosn.

Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Shares in Renault SA recovered some lost ground on Tuesday after the French car maker and its Japanese partner Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. rejected media reports that their alliance was in danger of being dissolved.

Rising concerns about the state of the 20-year-old French-Japanese alliance, forged by former boss turned fugitive Carlos Ghosn, had sent Renault and Nissan shares skidding to multiyear lows on Monday.

At the opening of trading in Paris on Tuesday, Renault shares rose 1.3 per cent, before falling back slightly to trade up 0.49 per cent by 08:23 GMT.

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The alliance, which also includes Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors Corp., is “solid, robust, everything but dead,” the chairman of Renault, Jean-Philippe Senard, told Belgian newspaper L’Echo.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire also weighed in, saying reports some executives wanted to break up the alliance were “malicious.”

Speaking to France’s CNews TV, he also said he expected Renault to name a new chief executive within days to replace Thierry Bollore, a Ghosn-era appointee who was ousted in October.

Luca de Meo, who stepped down as the head of Volkswagen’s Seat brand last week, is seen as a front-runner for the job, although a stringent non-compete clause in his contract firm may prove a hurdle, sources have said.

Nissan, in response to “speculative international media reports,” said it was “in no way considering dissolving the alliance.”

“The alliance is the source of Nissan’s competitiveness,” the Japanese automaker said in a statement.

“Through the alliance, to achieve sustainable and profitable growth, Nissan will look to continue delivering win-win results for all member companies.”

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Concerns emerged about the future of the Renault-Nissan partnership after the November, 2018, arrest in Japan of Mr. Ghosn, the man who did more than anyone else to hold together the disparate alliance of often-contrasting car-making cultures.

Those worries were given new momentum after Mr. Ghosn last month fled Japan – where he was awaiting trial on charges of financial misconduct, which he denies – flew to Lebanon and told media the alliance was riven with mistrust.

Renault shares hit six-year lows on Monday as investors worried the French group’s 20-year cost-sharing alliance with Nissan was headed for a breakup without Mr. Ghosn to hold it together.

A Financial Times report on Monday that Nissan executives were making contingency plans for a split with Renault appeared to accelerate a sell-off in the French manufacturer’s shares.

Nissan shares tumbled to their lowest in 8½ years on Tuesday in Tokyo.

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