Former Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, arrested in November for alleged financial default, awaits trial in a Tokyo prison without bail. The Lebanese government even gave Ghosn a mattress last year, allegedly falling asleep on a mat. But oh, how different things were a few years ago, when Ghosn apparently made his company pay for part of a Marie Antoinette-themed wedding party at the famous Versailles palace in France
We're not talking about covering the cheese trays , nor. Renault, as Ghosn went out as CEO from two weeks ago, claimed in a statement Thursday
that in a recent audit, a "50,000 euro contribution under a charitable donation agreement concluded with Château de Versailles was found. , was awarded to Mr. Ghosn's personal benefit. "
It's about $ 57,000, with today's exchange rates.
Most allegations of misdemeanors against Ghosn have come from the Nissan part of the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance, with Renault holding Ghosn as CEO from prison long after Nissan and Mitsubishi gave him the start. This makes Renault's claims large, although the statement does not provide much detail except that the company decided to take its findings to the authorities. Renault also did not state what it thought the 57,000 dollars were used for.
But Bloomberg quoted independent sources by reporting that Ghosn could have set it against a massive, harvesting 201
The sum is the estimated cost of renting premises according to a contract signed by Ghosn, which entitles the car manufacturer to hold business events in Versailles, according to a person familiar with the case who requested not to be named because the information is not public. Using the castle for its 2016 grooms was not likely to benefit the company, the person said.
Renault's disclosure marks the first time the car manufacturer has provided information about the potential wrongdoing of the fallen leader after allegations of economic crimes were brought against him by the Japanese authorities. The results come from an internal probe Renault started in November, shortly after Ghosn was arrested in Tokyo.
In fact, Town & Country published a full function at the wedding party in March 2017, where the magazine wrote that 120 guests attended a party with a lot of hired actors in 18th-century clothing. The magazine has some pictures of the elaborate party here, along with quotes like this:
"We wanted it to feel like we invited guests into our house – nothing to study," says Carole. Carlos, CEO of Renault and Nissan, believes the palace's magic helped lure its 120 guests. "When you invite people to a party, they might say. When you invite them to Versailles, they come."
The same feeling probably doesn't apply to prison, but you know.
But when it comes to weddings, most sensible married people will offer a few tips for those planning the big day. For one, do not go into debt for a six hour party that most will not remember except for the food, and two, it is not worth ending up sleeping on a mat in jail for just avoiding any extra costs.
Cheese trays are not so memorable, after all.