Rennes is the main city of Brittany in Western France and counts 394 000 inhabitants in its agglomeration community. Rennes is one of Brittany's unmissable tourist destinations because of its historical and cultural wealth and its position as the Breton capital. It is only 2 hours away from Paris by high-speed train (TGV), and is near many internationally famous places of interest, such as Saint-Malo, the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, the Côte d'Émeraude (the Emerald Coast - between the bays of Mont-Saint-Michel and Saint-Brieuc), and the Gulf of Morbihan - to name but a few.
Rennes is a major university town with almost 60,000 students, of whom 5,500 are international. It is also a major centre for scientific and technological research with 4000 researchers working in public and private research establishment with a strong area of excellence in environmental and agricultural sciences, including soil science. Rennes hosts every year national and international congresses, particularly annually an international livestock trade fair with more than 10000 international visitors representing 10 % of the total attendance.
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