Otherwise known as "La cité du Ponant", the French city of Brest lies on the country’s northwest coast in a spectacular natural harbor. Having virtually been rebuilt following heavy bombardment in 1944, Brest now boasts such arresting sights as the Pont de Recouvrance, the vertical-lift bridge, plus the nearby cable-stayed, architectural triumph, the Pont de l’iroise. The city is also important as an administrative center and university town, lending its lively quays to a buzzing community of global minds. Expats living in Brest can delight in its maritime culture; the brightly colored buoys in the harbor, the shipyards and the International Festival of the Sea, held every four years. Aside from the city’s modern quarters there is also much history for expatriates to explore here, not least within the medieval tower, Tour Tanguy, which is now a museum.
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Starting a new life in a strange city may feel like you’re leaping into the unknown, but with the help of InterNations and its online expat community, moving to Brest might not seem so daunting. This culturally rich region has lots to offer expatriates, including a stunning coastline and dramatic landscape just minutes from the city. To research further, expats in Brest can access the InterNations forums and discussion groups, where like-minded people share their own experiences on more than 1,000 topics, ranging from housing to education. You may need to know more about the elite schools which exist in and around the area for example, in which case InterNations may help you connect with other expats living in Brest who can offer tips and advice. Finally, the practicalities of travel and relocation can seem overwhelming. Our online Expat Magazine is bursting with information to help make your move abroad as smooth as possible.
As the largest city in western Brittany and an important administrative hub, Brest has plenty to offer potential employees in the service sector, not least those working in information and communications technology. The city also plays an essential part in the maritime industry with 60% of the country’s research in this field taking place here, not to mention its shipbuilding yards. Having InterNations at your fingertips and a global network of fellow expatriates to get in touch with, you will be well equipped to discover if working in Brest is the right choice for you. As a regionally important city which has been rebuilt following the war to support a bright future, "La cité du Ponant" certainly has plenty to offer the expat community. For more information about job opportunities, salaries and visas in France you can access the InterNations global forums, or our online Expat Magazine which has further, general tips and advice on working abroad.