Senior French government ministers have demanded to know what caused the “dysfunction” at the heart of the Renault spy scandal.

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn was hauled before Finance and Industry Ministers Christine Lagarde and Eric Besson in Paris yesterday (17 March) following the complete clearing of the automaker’s sacked three executives it had accused of industrial espionage.

“The Commissioner for State participation recalled that at the request of the government and the board, a thorough audit would be undertaken to identify the origin of the dysfunction recently seen at the heart of the business,” said a joint statement from the two Ministers.

“It is right this audit brings specific elements in the short term to identify errors or eventual faults in the decision process in this affair.”

Both Lagarde and Besson stressed they would look to see the lessons from the case were learnt in terms of organisational reform and individual responsibility

The Renault CEO had earlier apologised to the fired three – Michel Balthazard, Bertrand Rochette and Mathieu Tenenbaum – whom the Paris Prosecutor completely exonerated from any wrongdoing.

Renault chief operating officer Patrick Pelata had offered his resignation in the matter at an extraordinary board meeting this week in Paris that included representatives from Japan, but Ghosn refused.

Ghosn said Renault would make “reparations” to the three and offered to meet them personally.