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Following shot one and shot two, here is the third contribution to my Parisian Carousel Serie.

The picture was taken tonight at “Les Halles” in the heart of Paris.

When Paris’s needs for food and various goods grew up in the early 12th century, Saint-Louis, Louis VI & Philippe-August will support the developpment of the market place. It will be the main market area of Paris for centuries. Napoleon III will strongly modernize this activity with an architecture inspired from the “Gare de l’Est” railway station. Then, in the 1960's the main parisian markets were relocated outside from Paris to “Rungis”.

Today, it is a crowdy place - especially for the year-end shopping - due to one of the greatest mall and biggest subway station of Paris.

On the foreground, one can see the Saint-Eustache church. The enlighten tubes are some alleys of the big underground stores. One can find some gardens too but to be honest, they are not so safe at this time...

Today, due to the mass stores, the place lost its spirit and I believe there are many projects to restore a new life for the few remaining inhabitants and to try to attract some new ones.

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