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Rennes 'is a very happening place'

People planning stag nights in some of Europe's hottest spots for bars and nightlife might not think of France as the ideal destination, but it could prove popular in the coming months.

According to Michael Dodds, director of the Brittany Tourist Board, France boasts a number of locations that are perfect for a quiet getaway - but it is not short of livelier and more happening cities.

He highlighted Rennes as being "great" for a city break, with plenty of events and festivals taking place.

Mr Dodds said: "It is a very happening place with a heavy student population making it lively with a good nightlife."

This being the case, the city might provide all the necessary ingredients for the traditional booze-fuelled stag night, with the added incentive that it is closer to home than some of the more popular eastern European destinations.

According to Peter Joyner, spokesperson for holiday firm Hoseasons, the impact of the credit crunch on many Brits is likely to cause them to change their travel habits by exploring alternative locations to help cut costs.ADNFCR-2122-ID-19084651-ADNFCR