Rennes, capital of Brittany

A hub of excellence

As the capital of Brittany, Rennes is the beating heart of the regional economy. 


This is where research really takes shape, in fields ranging from digital technology, health, agri-food, the environment and automated production. Rennes is a true hub of excellence with four of Brittany's certified business clusters, with the Images et Réseaux cluster and Mer Bretagne cluster having international scope. The Valorial cluster focuses on foods for the future, and the ID4car cluster drives innovation in the automotive industry. 



Rennes, the capital of one of the most dynamic regions in France, fully fulfils its role as economic driver.

As the country's tenth largest city, it has a metropolitan area of almost 700,000 inhabitants and an economy of 300,000 jobs.

The area's unemployment rate stands at two percentage points lower than the national average and the city is France's third largest in terms of GDP. 


Boasting international reach, Rennes in the largest higher education centre in the north west of France, with 66,000 students.

Working closely with businesses and with over 5,000 researchers, this ecosystem fuels high-level research and innovation. 


Just 90 minutes from Paris and under an hour from both Saint-Malo and bay of Mont Saint-Michel.

Ranked as best French city for quality of life by a European study, Rennes is reputed for its rich cultural calendar, the diversity of its heritage, its contemporary art programme and its vibrant student scene.

Top "business friendly" city in the under 500,000 inhabitants category**, it attracts many talented individuals in a number of key sectors of the economy. 


* 2016 European Commission ranking
**L’Express L’Entreprise 2016



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