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Laurence Parisot (born on the 31 August 1959 in Luxeuil-les-Bains, Haute-Saônemarker) is the head of the French MEDEF employers' union since the 5 July 2005. She also directs the IFOP poll institute.

She became the 276th wealthiest French person after she inherited the Parisot group (first furnishing retail group in Francemarker).

She is single and has no children.

She was awarded the Ordre national du Mérite.

Early life

Her father and grandfather Jacques Parisot (who set up the business) led the Parisot group, an unquoted furnishing retail company.

She studied Law in Nancy University and then entered the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris. In 1986, she was nominated director of the Louis Harris Institute poll. Since 1990, she has been chief executive of the IFOP poll institute after she bought 75% of its capital. She has also been a member of BNP Paribas board since 1990.

Head of the MEDEF

In 2002, she entered the MEDEF executive board.

On July 5 2005, she replaced Ernest-Antoine Seillière as head of the organisation.

She declared that she intended to fight against unemployment and put the “enterprise at the center of French society”. She added that she would work very hard to push French MPs to adopt a more liberal labour legislation.


“Life, health and even love are precarious. So, why shouldn’t work abide by this [natural] law?” Le Figaro, August 30 2005

“Precariousness is part of human condition.”, France Inter, September 3 2005

“We will hire more people if it’s made easier to fire them.”, Le Monde, August 29 2007.


(FR) Translated from the French version

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