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

11/04/2017

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.

The French private sector believes that a stronger position of France and its businesses abroad can be achieved through measures structured around five themes: 

1. Convince the French society and its businesses of the opportunities of globalization

- Sharpen information about export support for businesses 

2. Create a fair and balanced level playing field for international trade

- Reinforce our ability to influence on national and international rules and standards 

3. Promote and sell French know-how abroad 

- Favour R&D 

- Support innovative companies 

4. Strengthen a collective approach for international markets 

- Strengthen collective actions

- Encourage large corporates to bring in SMEs to international markets  

5. Boost the efficiency of export support for businesses  

- Develop appropriate tools for SMEs

- Streamline public and private support schemes 

While the global world is getting more complex, with increasing protectionnist measures and a fragilised Europe, MEDEF believes that the French presidential and legislative elections represent a crucial time to drive France into a sustainable dynamic in favour of globalization.

For any complementary information on the globalization strategy of MEDEF, please contact Christine Lepage, Director to the International Department: clepage@medef.fr

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