French Minister Raises Issue with Kono over Ghosn Rearrest

Politics

Dinard, France, April 5 (Jiji Press)--French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian raised an issue with his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, Friday over the rearrest of former Nissan Motor Co. <7201> Chairman Carlos Ghosn, Japanese diplomats said.

The Foreign Ministry officials declined to elaborate on the remark made by Le Drian during talks with Kono on the sidelines of a Group of Seven gathering in Dinard, northwestern France.

Ghosn, before placed in detention in Japan again on additional charges under the companies law, told a French television interview that he wants the French government to protect his rights as a French citizen.

The former automotive executive was rearrested Thursday nearly a month after he was freed on bail, following his initial 108-day detention, which provoked criticism of the Japanese judicial system mainly from overseas.

Meanwhile, Kono also held separate talks with British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

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