MEDEF International



MEDEF International is a non-profit private-funded organisation, created in 1989 by MEDEF, the French Business Confederation. MEDEF International is the most representative organisation of the French private sector at an international level. It is chaired by Mr Frederic SANCHEZ, CEO of FIVES GROUP.

MEDEF International aims at promoting the French companies’ know-how abroad through collective actions. MEDEF International supports trade, technologic cooperation and investments, long-term partnerships, especially on emerging and developing markets as well as reconstruction markets.

It gathers every year about 7100 French companies already operating in the world, in 85 Business Councils headed by 55 CEOs of major international French companies.


  • Worldwide business and governmental network

Through its national and international networks, MEDEF International opens to the French companies a direct access to public and private, French and foreign decision- and policy-makers.

  • Business expansion

MEDEF International’s well-established business and government sector network spans the globe; as testament to that, MEDEF International receives over 180 incoming public and private delegations and leads close to 25 overseas missions every year.

MEDEF International provides members with opportunities to network and tap into emerging markets through participation in outgoing business missions and incoming visits.

The regional and sectorial business councils serve as platforms for the French business community and their counterparts in the respective regions for business exchanges, information sharing, pooling experiences, promoting complementary know-how, fostering project management and long-term partnerships.

MEDEF International acts as a Private Sector Liaison Officer for the AFD (French Development Agency), World Bank, the EBRD, the ADB, the IDB and other development banks and international organisations, facilitating access to bilateral and multilateral financing for its members.

  • Business Advocacy

MEDEF International fosters improvement in the governance and business climate of the countries where French companies are established. It suggests to the governments concrete solutions to the issues faced by companies, through various initiatives, including the business councils –platforms to discuss with policymakers, decision-makers and partners and providing public authorities with business environment survey.

MEDEF International by numbers (2018)

  • 150 countries covered
  • 185 high level meetings in Paris
  • 25 business delegations abroad in 30 countries
  • 7,100 companies attending our actions
  • 55 CEOs chairing 85 Business Councils