Mouvement des Entreprises de France

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Mouvement des entreprises de France
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Formation 1945 (CNPF), 1998 (MEDEF)
Type Union of employers
Headquarters 55 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris
Leader Pierre Gattaz

The Mouvement des entreprises de France (MEDEF), or the "Movement of the Enterprises of France", is the largest union of employers in France. Established in 1998, it replaced the Conseil national du patronat Français (CNPF), or the "National Council of the French Employers", which was founded in 1946.[1]

It has more than 750,000 member firms, 90 percent of them being small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with fewer than 50 employees. MEDEF is engaged in lobbying at the local, regional, national, and EU-wide levels.[2]

Every year, MEDEF International organises a number of delegations of French business leaders with concrete projects to targeted countries, especially developing countries. MEDEF espouses “sustainable development”, raising companies’ awareness to the fact that protection of the planet may also be numbered among their competitive advantages.

Its current president, nicknamed the “boss of the bosses”, is Pierre Gattaz, CEO of Radiall, elected in 2013. He succeeded to Laurence Parisot, CEO of IFOP, elected in 2005, and first woman to lead MEDEF. Pierre Gattaz is also the son of Yvon Gattaz, president of the CNPF in the 1980s.

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  1. ^ "Qu’est-ce qu’un syndicat et comment s’organise-t-il ?" (in French). Vie Publique. 30 May 2005. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  2. ^ MEDEF Website

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