Tokyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron were arranging to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit meeting, media said, amid signs of a brewing diplomatic feud over the power balance at the troubled Renault-Nissan alliance.
The 19-year partnership between Renault and Nissan is facing its biggest test to date after the arrest this month of its larger-than-life leader, Carlos Ghosn, for suspected financial misconduct.
Ghosn, 64, has been detained in Tokyo since his November 19 arrest, and prosecutors are widely expected to seek a maximum 10-day extension of his detention.
Ghosn's detention in Tokyo has left the Franco-Japanese alliance without a leader and an advocate for the French government, which has said it wants to retain the current capital structure. Renault controls Nissan through its 43 percent stake, while Nissan holds a non-voting 15 percent stake in its partner.
After meeting in Paris last week, Japanese Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko and French Finance and Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire reaffirmed the two countries' support for the alliance.