Beirut: Carlos Ghosn’s house was “uninhabitable but not destroyed”

Contacted by the AFP, Carlos Ghosn’s entourage denies the destruction of the house in which the family of the former CEO of Renault-Nissan took refuge after his flight from Japan. However, the house was damaged in the explosion in the port of Beirut.

The Beirut residence in which the former CEO of Renault and Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, took refuge, was it destroyed or simply damaged in the explosion in the port of Beirut on Wednesday evening?

According to the Brazilian media “O Estado de S. Paulo” which said it had heard directly from Carole Ghosn, the wife of the former captain of industry, the house was destroyed by the explosion.

“We are all fine, but the house is destroyed. The whole of Beirut is destroyed,” the Brazilian newspaper reported.

But this Saturday, August 7, the Afp went to the scene and saw that the colonial-style building was still standing. Contacted by Agence France Presse, Carlos Ghosn’s entourage confirms. The house is “not at all destroyed” although it “is damaged” “like many houses in the neighborhood”.

The Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo corrected its first article but nevertheless denies having lied, the article having been reproduced in the whole of the world press. The author of the article thus indicates that a “source close to the family clarified this Saturday that the damage to the house was limited to the windows and that the declaration of Carole Ghosn reflected the tension of the day of the explosion”.

The Brazilian newspaper specifies that the Ghosns were not at their home during the explosion but that their security service had told them that the house “had become uninhabitable”. Hence, no doubt, the confusion of Carole Ghosn when she was interviewed by the Brazilian media. Upon their return, the Ghosns “realized the damage was not that bad.”

The house in question is still at the center of a dispute between Carlos Ghosn and Nissan, owner of the house. The automaker had asked its former CEO to leave the scene quickly.

The Ghosn family has been living in Beirut since their spectacular escape from Tokyo where the former Renault CEO was under house arrest as part of a tax evasion and breach of trust investigation in Japan.

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