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Les Halles Wears a Big New Yellow Hat

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Old timers remember Les Halles as Paris' gigantic central produce market. Demolished in the 1970s, it was replaced with an underground shopping mall. And for a generation it's been a mess. But now the complex is being transformed into a modern underground shopping center and a huge city park -- all sitting atop a massive underground transportation hub. Here's a peek at the latest (complete with my horrible French pronunciation):

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