Renault had flagged to French authorities Ghosn’s use of Versailles because it amounted to a “personal benefit” worth 50,000 euros ($56,000) under a corporate sponsorship contract.
While a Ghosn family spokeswoman said last week the former chairman and CEO would pay back the proceeds, the incident drew attention to his jet-setting lifestyle and marked the first instance of potential misconduct identified by the French automaker. The executive has been in jail in Japan since Nov. 19 on charges of financial crimes, which he has denied.
The chateau also confirmed a report in Les Echos last week that another party was held at the palace in 2014. It was rented for 160,000 euros, it said, and documents from Renault also gave no indication it was not institutional. The newspaper suggested the 2014 event for 200 guests was part of Ghosn’s 60th birthday celebrations, although was organized as a corporate event for Renault and partner Nissan.