Rennes, Brest, Quimper, Lorient, Concarneau or Saint-Brieuc are the largest Breton cities where the economic and dynamic activity of the region is concentrated. Tourism, electronics and agro-food are the main economic players in Brittany.
Extending over an area of over 27 000km2, the Brittany region has one of the lowest unemployment rates in France . With the Pays-de-la-Loire, it is the region where inequality and the poverty rate are the lowest . This situation is explained by a more developed female professional activity, which allows a better standard of living for the most modest households. However, the Brittany region is facing a major industrial crisis that has led to the relocation or closure of certain sites, particularly in the agri-food and automotive sectors.
In the local economy, the Breton industrial sector remains a heavy industry. It is mainly focused on agri-food, car manufacturing, shipbuilding and electronics and telecoms . Several research centers, major French and foreign industrial sites , as well as many SMEs in the electronics sector are located around Rennes, Brest and Lannion . The Breton tertiary sector is doing well and accounts for 74% of regional employment.
In Brittany, agriculture is crucial for the regional economy . The activity focuses mainly on cattle, poultry, pig and sheep farming . Breton lands are also very receptive to cereal cultivation . Apples, strawberries and cider are the agricultural specialties of the region. In addition, with 1772 km of coastline seaside, Brittany is the first region of France for fishing.
Brittany is the 4th largest tourist region in France and the first on stays at the sea. Throughout the year, many French and foreign tourists come to Brittany. The region can rely on assets such as the diversity of its landscapes, its coasts that allow a developed seaside tourism, but also water sports and pleasure . In addition, Brittany offers a wide range of thalassotherapy that makes it a preferred destination for holidaymakers. Finally, with 3,000 listed sites , Brittany has an important architectural and cultural heritage . The beaches of Saint Malo, the dolmens and menhirs in Carnac, the Pointe du Raz or the Festival des Vieilles Charrues and the lighthouse at Ploumanac'h offer many highlights to Breton tourism.
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