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I'm not a great Renault fan, but by and large if a filter is about the same size, it may have the same internals, and if the filter fits properly, that's what counts. There are A LOT of interchangeable filters for oil, manufacturers want you to believe only gen-you-whine parts are good but when it comes to oil filters, almost any brand name will also carry a warranty against engine damage from a filter failure. Which is a very rare event, but happens even for brand name filters.
They're not all the same--but there's no real way to tell them apart, other than "does it meet the spec for this use" (i.e. pressure and bypass filter and capacity) and changing it often enough.
Some filters will tell you that they are rated for xx% effectiveness at xx microns particle size, but most won't. Mobil and Bosch are among the few that do, and they charge dearly.
NAPA stores tend to be quite resourceful about substitute parts and cross-indexing them.