It comes just ahead of a Renault board meeting here in Paris today that was going to see him be replaced by Thierry Bollore as permanent CEO and Jean-Dominque Senard as its chariman.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told AFP the government, which owns a 15% stake in Renault, would be "extremely vigilant as key shareholders on the exit conditions that will be set by the (Renault) board of directors".
Ghosn was widely credited with turning around the fortunes of Renault's South American division in the late 1990s and reached near-hero status in Japan for his subsequent role in reviving the ailing Nissan brand. Ghosn didn't resign earlier because he didn't predict he would spend this long in jail; he almost posted bail before Christmas but his request was denied after prosecutors added new charges to his case.
Nissan President Hiroto Saikawa welcomed the French carmaker's leadership reshuffle.
The decision, two months after Ghosn's November 19 arrest and swift dismissal as Nissan chairman, turns a page on his two decades at the helm of a partnership that he transformed into a global giant, following Renault's acquisition of a near-bankrupt Nissan in 1999.
The company said it gave Senard "full responsibility" for managing Renault's alliance with Japanese carmakers Nissan and Mitsubishi.
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Renault's board is expected to meet in the coming days to decide who will succeed Ghosn, essentially removing him from the three-way alliance - which also includes Mitsubishi Motors - which has been in turmoil since his arrest.
Acting from the Japanese prison where he is being held, Ghosn has relinquished his last official foothold on the leviathan multi-brand alliance that he is largely responsible for shaping.
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Ghosn's lawyer was not immediately available for comment after the Tokyo District Court announced its decision.
For two months, the tensions deepened as Renault and the French government stuck by Ghosn despite the revelation he had arranged to be paid tens of millions of dollars in additional income, unbeknownst to shareholders.
Ghosn, previously the most influential man in the global auto industry, had resigned from both roles at Renault late on Wednesday as he remains behind bars in Japan awaiting trial. Renault now owns 43.4 percent of Nissan, which in turn holds a 15 percent stake in Renault.
Reportedly, a board meeting will be now held on Thursday where Ghosn's successors will be appointed.