Bruno Gollnisch, MEP Rassemblement Nationale, tabled his candidacy on Wednesday to replace Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn. The latter is placed in custody for suspicion of financial malpractice.

Rassemblement Nationale (RN, ex-FN) MEP Bruno Gollnisch, a small shareholder in the Renault group, presented his candidacy for the presidency of the automobile group on Wednesday to replace Carlos Ghosn, suspected of financial malfeasance.

The elected RN, who speaks Japanese and claims to own 50 Renault shares bought several years ago, asks in a statement to hold a general meeting of the group and declares himself "candidate for the board of directors of Renault, and even, as necessary, to the presidency of this society " .

"Cost killer of a new kind"

Presenting himself in a "cost killer" (a cost-cutting specialist, Ed.) Of a new kind , Bruno Gollnisch promises, if he is elected, to reduce "by three quarters the abnormally high compensation" of the president of Renault and index executive income on the "growth of all employees' earnings" and "share price" of the company.

The MEP argues that he has been an "international lawyer" and therefore knows "the world of business" . He also claims to master "language, culture, customs and law (Japanese), which is a considerable asset" according to him for the alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.

Mr. Gollnisch has been a professor at Japanese language and civilization universities.

The Japanese public prosecutor's office accuses Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the world's leading car manufacturer Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (in number of cars and light commercials sold in 2017), to have "conspired to minimize his compensation five times between June 2011 and June 2015 " , declaring only 4.9 billion yen (about 37 million euros at the current price) against nearly 10 billion yen actually received over the period.