Renault will alert prosecutors over Ghosn's Versailles wedding costs

The Palace of Versailles says Renault hosted a dinner at the estate

The Palace of Versailles says Renault hosted a dinner at the estate

Ghosn's arrest and continued detention marks a stunning fall from grace for an executive widely credited with forging the Renault and Nissan alliance into the world's top-selling automotive group.

Carmaker Renault has alerted French authorities to a 50,000-euro gift from the chateau of Versailles to its former chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn - reportedly linked to his lavish wedding at the royal estate.

Prosecutors offices in Paris, the town of Versailles and the larger nearby city of Nanterre told AFP they had not yet received any information from Renault regarding the case as of yet.

"Renault did not spend anything", he said in a statement, adding that Ghosn "did not know that the use of the hall would be accredited to Renault's usage rights".

Ghosn's rapid move to pay back the money contrasts with his stance in Japan, where he has rejected prosecutor claims of financial wrongdoing related to his time at the helm of Nissan.

Last month, Carlos Ghosn stepped down as the chairman of Renault and was replaced by Jean-Dominique Senard. He painted the picture of a loyal company man who wouldn't dream of harming the firm.

The Renault board was informed about the discovery on Wednesday, as reported by Le Figaro, the source added.

Further focusing the spotlight on the tourist landmark outside Paris, Les Echos reported Friday that Ghosn also hosted a black-tie evening there in March, 2014. Instead, Ghosn and his wife celebrated his birthday the following evening at a private dinner at the Michelin-rated Parisian restaurant Monsieur Bleu, located in the Palais de Tokyo, she said.

Renault started investigating Ghosn's past activities after he was arrested in November in Tokyo, where he has been charged with falsifying financial reports and breach of trust.

Versailles officials would not comment on whether Ghosn himself had made the request, or confirm that the dinner was in fact his wedding reception.

French Finance and Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire speaks to media after a meeting with his Swedish counterpart in Stockholm, Sweden February 4, 2019.

Already, the companies are reviewing fees paid to consultants by the company, which amounted to about US$10 million (S$13.56 million) to US$20 million a year.

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