A French consumer fraud watchdog has said the managerial responsibilty of Renault boss Carlos Ghosn is engaged in an alleged emissions-cheating scam to disguise true pollution levels of the French carmaker's diesel engines, following an investigation prompted by Volkswagen's exposure in 2015 for US diesel test-cheating.
French car firm denies any suggestion it cheated on tests for diesel engines making the vehicles dangerous for human or animal health.
The Paris prosecutor’s office said computer hardware was seized in raids prompted by US revelations of defeat devices to cheat emissions tests.
Paris prosecutor’s office launched probe into Volkswagen after news of the faked pollution tests broke last month, says judicial source.
Total of 984,064 cars in France are involved in the emissions-rigging scandal, mostly Volkswagen models, but also Skoda and Seat cars.
Michel Sapin said tests are also needed on French-made cars though he says he has no 'particular reason' to suspect wrongdoing.
As sales by carmakers PSA and Renault stall on home turf, the financially-solid VW group is finding space in France with cheaper loan deals.