The power of France's largest company network

MEDEF has two additional networks that cover the entire country and provide an interprofessional dynamic and interconnected system that most accurately reflects the concerns and priorities of the business world.

France's largest entrepreneurial organisation, MEDEF, represents over 750,000 companies of all sizes throughout the country by using two complementary approaches that ensure as many companies as possible are represented across France in every business sector (industry, commerce, services).

A trade-based approach…

MEDEF's 76 member trade federations include some 600 trade unions whose members are companies working in the same sector. These federations represent their members with French and European public authorities and in the media to bring attention to the profession's concerns. They analyse and protect their technical, legal and financial interests. They also oversee their sector's collective bargaining agreement and consult with their partners, employee unions, consumer groups and mediation organisations, among others. Lastly, the federations work at MEDEF to help hammer out the overall strategy by endorsing the interests of their trade sector.

…supported by a region-based approach

In addition, there are 84 MEDEF chapters in France's administrative départements, 18 local chapters, eight overseas MEDEFs and 22 regional MEDEFs that combine to cover the entire country as well as provide an interprofessional dynamic and an interconnected system that most accurately reflects the concerns and priorities of the business world. This hands-on experienced network brings together entrepreneurs and trade groups in the regions and provides local business leaders a place to exchange and discuss ideas. It primarily supports entrepreneurs in anything having to do with the life and growth of their companies, which can include labour law, business law, taxation and job training. It also gives them a voice with public authorities and local governments while endorsing a company mindset. Finally, it represents entrepreneurs in the main local, departmental and regional economic and social bodies: Ombudsman, Commercial Court, CCIs, regional economic, social and environmental councils, employment offices, workplace physicians, health insurance offices, etc.


  • 76 Trade federations
  • 84 MEDEF département chapters >X18 Local MEDEFs
  • 8 Overseas MEDEFs
  • 22 Regional MEDEFs
  • 9 Associate members
  • 1 Partner member

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Pierre Gattaz, President of Medef, reacts to Emmanuel Macron’s election as the new French President

On behalf of all French entrepreneurs, I extend my warmest congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on being elected President of France. The challenge he now faces is enormous.

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MEDEF: Strengthening the position of France and its companies on the global scene

On March 20th, MEDEF presented its globalization strategy for French companies in front of 300 guests of the private and public sector. This high-level conference represented a unique opportunity to debate with candidates of the French presidential election about their programme concerning the internationalization of companies as well as international trade.

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Medef position on Brexit

The French and British economies are intricately linked. Our primary trade surplus is with the

United Kingdom. Around 400 000 French people work in the UK. Every sector, each individual

company, has specific and unique interests regarding Brexit. Everything possible must be done in

the forthcoming negotiation to avoid lessening the quality and the strength of this relationship.

French companies must continue to be able to trade with the UK without supplementary costs or

restrictions. A level playing field must be ensured so that French companies can continue to invest

and create jobs.

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