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Strains within the alliance between Renault and Nissan increased today as the Japanese car maker criticised its French partner for failing to back its governance reforms.

The tensions that have been simmering beneath the surface since the arrest in November of Carlos Ghosn, the alliance’s former head, burst into the open after Renault complained that it was being sidelined by Nissan.

In an unusally public display of anger, Hiroto Saikawa, 65, Nissan’s chief executive, denounced Renault’s stance as “most regrettable”.

The alliance between Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi — once the most successful of its kind in the world — is in crisis after Mr Ghosn, 65, was charged with under-reporting his salary and misuse of corporate funds.

Nissan, which caused Mr Ghosn’s downfall when it…

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