FILE PHOTO: The logo of FIAT carmaker is seen on a vehicle in Cairo, Egypt, May 19, 2019. Picture taken May 19, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Photo
Mohamed Abd El Ghany | Reuters
The Japanese government reportedly played a role in the breakdown of merger talks between Renault and Fiat Chrysler earlier this month, raising concerns the combination could harm Nissan, Bloomberg News reported Friday.
Japan signaled its misgivings over the deal to the French government, Bloomberg said, citing anonymous sources. France — Renault’s largest shareholder — reportedly delayed negotiations to try to win Nissan’s support, causing Fiat to withdraw its offer.
These new details on Japan’s role show the obstacles to a quick revival in the talks. It also shows that France and Japan can find common ground to protect their carmakers and the strained two-decade Renault-Nissan alliance.
Spokespeople for Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the French Finance Ministry declined to…