PARIS -- Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn hopes to resolve a rift in the alliance caused by the French government by Dec. 11.
The government and Nissan have made "significant progress" on a compromise that would limit the state's voting rights in operational matters at Renault and Nissan, French media reports said.
"There is an important date which is the Renault board meeting on Dec. 11," Ghosn told Le Figaro daily in an interview published on Thursday. "Currently, there are a lot of negotiations taking place. I ask you to be patient."
The talks seeking a compromise come after sources said Nissan had drawn up proposals to neutralize partner Renault's control and block French government interference in the alliance.
The dispute that erupted in April when French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron raised the government's stake in Renault to 19.7 percent from 15 percent to secure double voting rights. Under a new French law, the state's voting power is set to rise to 28 percent from 18 percent -- an effective blocking minority.
Nissan is concerned that the move will allow the French government to intervene in its governance and the appointment of its leadership. Renault owns a 43.4 percent controlling stake in Nissan, which has a non-voting 15 percent stake in Renault.
Renault's legal control of Nissan has been left dormant under Ghosn's joint management, but the voting rights dispute reflects Japanese concern that a Paris-backed successor could one day exercise the French carmaker's full rights to impose decisions.
Since its 1999 rescue by Renault, Nissan has far outgrown its French parent and leads the way in engineering and other areas.
Nissan is threatening to end a 2002 agreement defining the alliance if the government does not sufficiently limit its influence, French media said.
Reuters contributed to this report