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Paris' Forum Des Halles Facelift Almost Ready

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In the 1970s, in a highly controversial decision, Paris bulldozed the glass and cast iron market pavilions at Les Halles.

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Les Halles, the covered fresh food market which had been a central part of the city's history for 800 years, was replaced with Le Forum des Halles, a modern partially underground shopping mall and transport hub. Over the past 40 years, the building has polarised the population - some think it's ugly and out of step with the traditional architecture in the area, while others believe it was a necessary step forward for the city.

Le Forum Des Halles was built in the 1970s and replaced the covered market at Les Halles.[/caption]This Spring, Paris will unveil a new, improved Les Halles as part of a major redevelopment project.

The new improved, Les Halles.[/caption]The new Les Halles will be better integrated into the urban environment, easier to access and modernised for the times. According to the official website, there will be a new public garden, a larger pedestrian district, a new building inspired by nature (La Canopée), a greater number of easier-to-use pathways and routes, a larger, more functional regional train station, an enlarged, refurbished shopping centre, more cultural facilities and a reorganised underground road network.

La Canopée under construction. Sourced from Le Figaro[/caption]The centrepiece of the redevelopment will be La Canopée, described as an "immense translucent leaf undulating in the treetops".

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