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Halles de Paris (Les)

Les Halles de Paris, usually simply Les Halles, was Paris's central fresh food market. Located in the heart of the city, it was demolished in 1971 and replaced with the Forum des Halles, a modern shopping mall built largely underground and directly connected to the massive RER and métro transit hub of Châtelet-Les-Halles. The shopping mall welcomes 150,000 visitors daily 1).

Since 2010, a major reconstruction of the mall is under progress. The new version is planned to be inaugurated by 2016. The mall remains open during works. In 2013, the Forum des Halles was still the second most visited shopping mall in France with 39.2 million visitors 2).

Design of Les Halles in 1863, By Victor Baltard.

Revoir Paris

In the second album of Revoir Paris. We see the old version of Les Halles having been rebuild. Instead of animals being slaughtered they can now roam freely.