Mouvement des Entreprises de France
|Mouvement des entreprises de France|
|Formation||1945 (CNPF), 1998 (MEDEF)|
|Type||Union of employers|
|Headquarters||55 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris|
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.
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.
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 Laurence Parisot, CEO of IFOP; elected to lead the organization in 2005, she is the first woman to lead MEDEF, succeeding Ernest-Antoine Seillière, who had been serving since December 1997. Guillaume Sarkozy, the older brother of former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, is a MEDEF senior executive.
See also 
- Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe (UNICE)
- Union des industries et métiers de la métallurgie (UIMM)
- Lisbon Agenda
- "Qu’est-ce qu’un syndicat et comment s’organise-t-il ?" (in French). Vie Publique. 30. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- MEDEF Website
- Satire and sarcasm in the french show Les Guignols de l'info
- "La bonne fortune du baron Seillière". Le Monde.
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