Les Halles was Paris's central fresh food market. It was demolished in 1971 and replaced by 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.
Since 2010, a major reconstruction of the mall has been under way. The new version is planned to be inaugurated by 2018.The Canopée was opened on 5 April 2016, and the mall itself 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.