France Pushed Nissan for a Renault Merger but Was Rebuffed


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PARIS—The French government engaged directly in discussions with Nissan Motor Co. early in 2018 about the possibility of a full-blown merger with Renault SA, according to a person familiar with the deliberations.

The government’s proposal, and Nissan’s stiff opposition to the idea, demonstrate the stark differences between the French and Japanese sides over the future of a nearly 20-year-old car-making alliance between Nissan and Renault in the months before the surprise arrest of Carlos Ghosn. Mr. Ghosn forged that alliance…

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