Paris — When he was tapped to succeed fallen automotive titan Carlos Ghosn as head of Renault in January, Jean-Dominique Senard was touted as a steady hand at the wheel who would shore up the French car maker’s frayed alliance with Nissan.

But five months later he has been forced to deny rumours that he is considering resigning, after a proposed merger with the Italian-US car maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) fell apart and fresh tensions emerged with Nissan.

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