Renault reports Ghosn's wedding to investigators

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

The company confirmed Thursday that internal audits 'identified that a contribution of 50,000 euros, under a sponsorship agreement signed with the Chateau de Versailles, was allocated to Mr Ghosn's personal benefit'.

Ghosn was also the chairman of Nissan and of Mitsubishi, until he was sacked after his arrest in Tokyo.

Before his decision to pay back the Versailles palace was made public, his lawyer in France, Mr Jean-Yves Le Borgne, had said in an e-mailed statement Ghosn paid for all his wedding expenses.

Renault has found evidence that it paid part of Carlos Ghosn's wedding costs and is preparing to turn the investigation over to prosecutors, almost two weeks after the French carmaker's scandal-hit chairman and chief executive was forced out.

Ghosn threw an extravagant Marie Antoinette-themed wedding party at Versailles to celebrate his second marriage which featured actors in 18th-century clothing.

As part of that arrangement, Renault asked for permission to rent out space in the Grand Trianon mansion on the Versailles grounds for a "dinner" on Oct 8, 2016, the chateau said in a statement.

Ghosn led both Renault and Nissan and championed their alliance as it grew into the world's biggest-selling auto maker. Ghosn remains in detention in Tokyo with limited opportunity to respond publicly to allegations against him. Is it a plot? There is no question about this, ' he said.

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The chateau said Renault gave it 2.3 million euros to fund renovations in a 2016 philanthropic deal; in exchange, Renault was entitled to benefits from the chateau worth up to 25 percent of the total donation.

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.

The French carmaker had previously said its internal investigation had found no evidence of wrongdoing by the former boss.

But facing the prospect of several more months behind bars before his trial opens, Ghosn last month relinquished his grip as CEO of Renault.

Ghosn was the lynchpin of the three-way alliance, earning industry plaudits for driving together a sometimes fractious threesome with headquarters 10,000 kilometres apart.

'We are being vigilant to ensure the balances of the alliance are preserved, ' French President Emmanuel Macron said last month.

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