"I realized I had strength I didn't know I had" -Carole Ghosn

Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn and his wife Carole spoke to Reuters during an interview in Beirut on Tuesday (January 14), two weeks after Carlos' spectacular escape from house arrest in Japan, where he was awaiting trial on charges of under-reporting earnings, breach of trust and misappropriation of company funds.

Shortly after Ghosn appeared mysteriously in Beirut, Japanese authorities issued an arrest warrant for Carole on suspicion of alleged perjury.

Carole told Reuters she regretted throwing a lavish party at the 17th century palace in Versailles, France, for her 50th birthday. The party has become part of a separate investigation in France to establish if the venue was obtained improperly by the Ghosns (which both deny), and has also prompted criticism of the couple as leading an extravagant lifestyle.

"It was a beautiful event, and now it has turned out to be a big disaster," said Carole Ghosn. "Now, I look at it, it's unfortunate - I wish we never did it."